They were one of the attractions of the Swiss League: the Swiss-Canadian Brennan Othmann and Mason McTavish (both 18), the Canadian with a Swiss license. Both are given a good chance of being drawn in the first round of the next NHL draft. Why did they show during their guest performance in Olten.
Othmann collected 16 points in 34 games in the qualification. There was also one goal and one assist in the playoffs. McTavish scored two goals and five assists in just four games after scoring nine goals and scoring eleven points in 13 games in the regular season.
U18 World Cup as a showcase for the draft
But now the commitment of the two super talents ends abruptly. Both will leave for their home country on Friday, as the “Oltner Tagblatt” reports. Why? The strikers were called up by the Canadian Association to prepare for the U18 World Cup in Texas (beginning April 26th). “To forbid a player to participate in the U18 World Cup in a draft year is an impossibility,” sports director Marc Grieder is quoted as saying.
The finish is a bitter blow for Olten. The sturdy McTavish, whose father Dale once stormed for Rappi, the ZSC Lions and Zug, last played in the top line with foreigners Dion Knelsen and Gary Nunn, while Othmann had slacked off a little after the arrival of his draft competitor.
The duo had also been offered to Kloten
Meanwhile, one should breathe a sigh of relief in Kloten. The airport townspeople are likely to meet Olten in the semifinals – unless their series against La Chaux-de-Fonds (score 3: 1) or that between Langenthal and Thurgau (3: 1) still turns. Like Olten, Ajoie is already a semi-finalist.
McTavish and Othmann, who became available for Switzerland because the season of their junior league OHL had not (yet) started due to Corona, were also offered to Kloten in autumn. But the promotion favorites had no place in the squad.
Published: March 24th, 2021, 6:04 p.m.
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Kloten breathe sigh relief Olten super talents leave semifinals