From the Rangers’ growth camp to the World Junior Championship and now the rookie camp, Brennan Othmann, Will Cuylle and Dylan Garand have performed loads of hockey this summer.
The three Canadians are coming off a prolific run in the worldwide event, which culminated in a gold-medal additional time victory over Finland in late August. All three Rangers prospects performed a key half in Team Canada’s nineteenth gold medal, however that solely means it probably took an excellent bigger toll on their our bodies.
“I have never had a lot of a summer,” Othmann mentioned Thursday at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown. “I believe I used to be telling a number of folks right here that I’ve had a complete of I believe 10 or 11 days off and three or 4 weeks of really coaching. I’ve been enjoying hockey, I assume, for 10 1/2, 11 months this yr. It’s been a grind. I like that. I like hockey. I like enjoying the recreation.
“To play in that World Juniors, get there for 3 weeks and to have the ability to get that chance, showcase myself in totally different roles, was nice. I believe we did a reasonably good job.”
Othmann, whom the Rangers drafted sixteenth general in 2021, was reduce from Canada’s roster final December. When the International Ice Hockey Federation needed to cancel the the rest of the event because of rising circumstances of COVID-19, nevertheless, Othmann obtained one other alternative a number of months later. He went on to attain two objectives and dish 4 assists to assist propel Canada to gold.
Getting to point out off his physicality and show he may land hits, not solely on gamers his dimension but additionally on larger opponents, was a bonus. Othmann additionally obtained to spend time with Cuylle and Garand as nicely.
“It was loads of enjoyable, for certain,” Othmann mentioned of competing alongside his fellow child Blueshirts. “I believe that you simply get to know them slightly bit extra. We obtained to know G slightly bit, he is a unique character. You must ask Cools about him. He’s loads of enjoyable and funky and I constructed a very good friendship, bonded on the market, too. It’s two nice guys, two guys I’ll be rising up with for the remainder of my life, hopefully. I used to be very lucky to have that with them.”
Added Cuylle in response to Othmann’s observations of Garand: “He’s in all probability speaking about G’s focus in the room earlier than a recreation. I’ve by no means seen somebody so centered and dialed in earlier than, in order that was attention-grabbing.”
Both Cuylle and Othmann consider the additional reps on the ice this summer has given them a leg up on a few of their fellow prospects. They additionally mentioned they really feel their video games have been ramped up in preparation for the coaching camp, which begins on Thursday. Cuylle competed in 59 video games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires final season, totaling 43 objectives and 37 assists, whereas Othmann posted 50 objectives and 47 assists in 66 contests for the Flint Firebirds.
The restoration interval could have been miniscule, however it’s evident that Othmann, Cuylle and Garand are all in recreation form.
“This time is tremendous essential,” mentioned Othmann, who talked about that he skated with the NHL group on Monday and Tuesday. “We have rookie camp and two video games this weekend, so [resting is] tremendous essential going into principal camp. You have to search out time throughout the day to relaxation and type of loosen up and refuel your physique and nap. Do remedies, sizzling tub, chilly tub, stuff like that.”
With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin and not too long ago signed goalies Jaroslav Halak and Louis Domingue in the combine, Garand in all probability will not be backstopping the Rangers this season. But Othmann and Cuylle might be competing to additional enhance their standing in the Rangers group. Whether there’s a chance to beat out a participant from final season or — in Cuylle’s case — earn a call-up amid accidents, the two might be trying to make an impression on Rangers administration.
“I believe I simply have to point out a very good physicality and actually good compete,” mentioned Cuylle, who may match in a fourth-line position with the Rangers. “I believe my recreation is clearly being an influence ahead, being actually good on the forecheck and simply making issues occur offensively. And simply being actually good defensively, too, in addition to bringing a very good, constant 200-foot recreation.”