From left, Adam Sikora and Brennan Usman participate in Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training Facility in Tarrytown on July 12, 2022. Rangers Development Camp – Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News-USA TODAY NETWORK
The New York Rangers expect Brennan Othmann, along with Will Cuylle and Dylan Garand, to be up and running soon.
Team Canada has just announced their final roster for the World Junior Championships, which will be held in Edmonton from August 9-20. The tournament was canceled again in December.
Forever Blueshirts reported that Usman will be added to the list again on July 17th.
Brennan Osman, Will Coyle and Dylan Garand at WJC
Usman, 19, scored 50 goals and 97 points in 66 games for the Flint Firebirds for the OHL team this past season. He also added 9 goals and 24 points in 19 postseason games.
After the tournament, Usman will join Rangers at the training camp in September with one mission in mind.
“The goal is to try to make the team the best that I can,” Osman said. “I know they are a strong team with good young players and good leadership as well. If I can make the team, that will be great for me and the organization. I had a good season playing well for myself and [Flint]. If I can walk in with that much confidence into the Rangers camp and make the team it will be something special.”
Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury was told of Usman’s goal for the season and was happy to hear it.
“I’m glad that’s his goal,” Drury replied. “Obviously he’s had a full year in the past year.”
Coyle, 20, has scored 43 goals and 80 points in 50 games for the OHL Windsor Spitfires. He added 15 goals and 31 points in 25 playoffs.
New York switched Lias Andersson to the Los Angeles Kings for a 6-3, 212-pound pick forward in the second round of the 2020 draft.
Garand, 20, had an impressive record of 34-9 and 4 closings for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. His GAA was 2.16 and his .925 SV% was good for second place in the WHL.
For his career, he collected 90-31-5-2 with 2.33 GAA and 0.919 SV%. The potential goalkeeper has been selected in the fourth round of the 2020 draft and is expected to compete for a job with the Rangers AHL branch in Hartford.
New York Rangers signs CJ Smith
The New York Rangers have signed minor league forward CJ Smith per PuckPedia.
Smith, 27, joins the Carolina Hurricanes’ Blueshirts in a one-year deal for $750,000. The unarmed striker played 15 NHL games between the Buffalo Sabers and the Hurricanes, scoring two goals and three points.
Last season, he scored 24 goals and 58 points in 60 games with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.