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Othmann, Kressler & Kuzmin on NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ List

Todd Boone / Flint Firebirds

Flint, Mich. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 52 players with OHL ties have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s January ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2021 NHL Draft. Firebirds’ Brennan Othmann (B), Braeden Kressler (C) and Dmitry Kuzmin (C) are on the list.

‘A’ Ratings indicate a potential first round NHL Draft selection and ‘B’ ratings indicate potential second or third round picks while ‘C’ ratings indicate potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidates.

This past season, Othmann broke the Firebirds rookie franchise records for goals (17) and points (33) in 55 games while also recording two game-winning goals with Flint during the 2019-20 OHL campaign. The Pickering, Ont., native was selected by the Firebirds with the second-overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound forward was recognized as invitee to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp this year.

Kressler finished second among all first-year players on the Firebirds roster last season. He tallied 18 points (9G, (A) and a plus-16 rating in 46 games played during his rookie season. The Kitchener, Ont. native was invited to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last November.

Kuzmin, a native of Belarus, was selected by the Firebirds in the first round (46th overall) of the 2020 CHL Import Draft on June 30 before he committed to the Firebirds on Sep. 30.

The Firebirds have had at least one player selected in the NHL Draft in each of their five seasons since being a member of the Ontario Hockey League. Since the Flint’s inception just five season ago in 2015, the club has now had 19 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s with five each. The Erie Otters, Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting each trailed with four players assigned rankings.

The list includes 26 OHL forwards, 19 defenseman and seven goaltenders. Eleven of the players listed (denoted by an asterisk) have yet to play a game in the Ontario Hockey League but have committed to their respective member team for the 2020-21 season.

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Skaters

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
A Daniil Chayka Guelph Storm D
A Brandt Clarke Barrie Colts D
A Mason McTavish Peterborough Petes C
A Francesco Pinelli Kitchener Rangers C
B Nick DeGrazia Sudbury Wolves C
B Deni Goure Owen Sound Attack C
B Artyom Grushnikov* Hamilton Bulldogs D
B Brett Harrison Oshawa Generals C
B Wyatt Johnston Windsor Spitfires C
B Logan Mailloux London Knights D
B Brennan Othmann Flint Firebirds LW
B Matvei Petrov* North Bay Battalion RW
B Daniil Sobolev* Windsor Spitfires D
B Chase Stillman Sudbury Wolves C
B Ryan Winterton Hamilton Bulldogs RW
C Francesco Arcuri Kingston Frontenacs C
C Jack Beck Ottawa 67’s RW
C Josh Bloom Saginaw Spirit LW
C Ethan Burroughs Owen Sound Attack RW
C Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
C Nolan Dann Sarnia Sting RW
C Ethan Del Mastro Mississauga Steelheads D
C Isaac Enright Niagara IceDogs D
C Vsevolod Gaidamak* Ottawa 67’s C
C Ranvir Gill-Shane Ottawa 67’s D
C Avery Hayes Hamilton Bulldogs RW
C Jacob Holmes Soo Greyhounds D
C Braeden Kressler Flint Firebirds C
C Artyom Kulakov* Erie Otters D
C Dmitry Kuzmin* Flint Firebirds D
C Kasper Larsen* Mississauga Steelheads D
C Connor Lockhart Erie Otters C
C Ryan Mast Sarnia Sting D
C Jack Matier Ottawa 67’s D
C Bryce Montgomery London Knights D
C Connor Punnett Barrie Colts D
C Ben Roger London Knights D
C Colby Saganiuk* Erie Otters RW
C Lawson Sherk Hamilton Bulldogs C
C Brenden Sirizzotti Ottawa 67’s RW
C Matthew Sop Kitchener Rangers LW
C Kirill Steklov London Knights D
C Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals LW
C Ty Voit Sarnia Sting RW
C Brian Zanetti* Peterborough Petes D

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Goalies

RANK GOALTENDER TEAM
B Benjamin Gaudreau Sarnia Sting
B Alexei Kolosov* Erie Otters
B Tristan Lennox Saginaw Spirit
B Joe Vrbetic North Bay Battalion
C Brett Brochu London Knights
C Pavel Cajan* Kitchener Rangers
C Nick Malik Soo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

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