Rangers’ top 2 prospects gaining ‘inseparable’ chemistry at rookie camp

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The New York Rangers have kicked off their annual prospects development camp this week, giving their top prospects and recent draft picks an opportunity to practice together under the guidance of their coaching staff. Among those in attendance are the Rangers’ consensus top-two prospects, forwards Brennan Othmann and Gabe Perreault.

Othmann and Perreault are the Blueshirts’ two most promising youngsters. Both former first-round picks, they possess immense potential and shape a bright future on Broadway.

Brennan Othmann and Gabe Perreault are building chemistry at the Rangers’ development camp

From left, Adam Sykora and Brennan Othmann take part in the Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Tarrytown July 12, 2022

According to Vince Mercogliano of Lohud, Othmann and Perreault have been “inseparable” so far at the Rangers’ prospect development camp:

“The consensus top-two prospects for the #NYR, Gabe Perreault and Brennan Othmann, have been pretty inseparable for the beginning of this development camp practice,” Mercogliano shared on X. “Lots of chatting…”

Perreault and Othmann have combined for a few goals already at practice, giving Rangers fans a glimpse of what they hope is to come for many years.

Perreault is the Rangers’ most exciting prospect

Gabe Perreault, Rangers
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The Rangers selected Perreault in the first round of last year’s NHL entry draft with the No. 23 overall pick. It was a surprise to see Perreault on the board when New York was on the clock, making him a draft-day steal for general manager Chris Drury.

Perreault is now the top prospect in the team’s system. The 19-year-old left-handed winger just played his first collegiate season with Boston College, immediately standing out as a top prospect. Perreault totaled 60 points (19 goals and 41 assists) in just 36 games played as a freshman this past season.

Entering the 2024 campaign, plenty of excitement is continuing to generate around Perreault. Boston College has produced a number of NHL stars, including Cam Atkinson and Johnny Gaudreau. The Blueshirts are hoping Perreault can be the next great BC Eagles player to rise to the top of the big league.

Othmann could get his chance to make an impact in the NHL this season

Brennan Othmann takes part in the Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Tarrytown July 12, 2022.
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Othmann was the team’s first-round pick in 2021, drafted with the No. 26 overall pick. The 6-foot winger has gotten his playing career off to a hot start in his native Canada. His breakout came in 2022 with Flint Firebirds in the OHL, when he totaled 97 points (50 goals and 47 assists).

In the 2023-24 campaign, Othmann moved to the AHL to play for the Rangers’ affiliated Hartford Wolf Pack. He posted 49 points (21 goals and 28 assists) in 67 games with the Wolf Pack and even received some NHL playing time, appearing in three games for the Rangers.

Despite not recording a point or making much of an impact at the NHL level last season, there is optimism that Othmann could make an impact for the Blueshirts in 2024. He has continued to develop in the AHL and, with the Rangers needing more talent on the wing, Othmann could get called up this season and given an opportunity to turn into an NHL rising star. He has the talent and potential, but this summer’s development camp will go a long way in preparing Othmann to take that jump at the next level.

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