5 PWHL Free Agents Ottawa Should Target

PWHL Players standing at the blue line for the anthems.
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The Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) is gearing up for a thrilling second season, and Ottawa’s team is determined to build a roster capable of championship success. Here are five standout players, including two who were part of Ottawa’s roster last season, that General Manager Mike Hirshfeld should prioritize when free agency opens on Friday, June 19th, 2024.

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Kateřina Mrázová

Katerina Marazova scoring a goal against PWHL Toronto.
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Czech forward Kateřina Mrázová is known for her exceptional playmaking abilities and offensive prowess. Mrázová’s versatility and leadership qualities were invaluable for Ottawa last season. With a career that boasts numerous accolades and international experience, Mrázová has consistently demonstrated her ability to influence games and create scoring opportunities. Her experience in high-pressure situations can provide the team with the composure needed during critical moments, like when she scored the shootout winner against Boston last season. Re-signing Mrázová should be at the top of Hirshfeld’s to-do list.

Daryl Watts

Daryl Watts celebrating a goal.
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Daryl Watts brings a dynamic offensive presence to the ice and was one of Ottawa’s best offensive players last season, putting up 17 points. Her knack for finding the back of the net and her ability to perform under pressure make her an attractive target for Ottawa. Watts has consistently proven herself as a top-tier talent with a record of outstanding performances at the collegiate level and a great first year in the PWHL. Watts’ goal-scoring ability was a tremendous asset for Ottawa last season, providing the team with a reliable finisher who can change the outcome of games. Her energy and enthusiasm on the ice are contagious, making her a player who can also elevate her teammates’ performance. Not re-signing Watts would be a tremendous loss to Ottawa’s offensive game.

Hannah Miller

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Hannah Miller, known for her speed and agility, is a forward who excels in creating offensive opportunities. If Ottawa is unable to re-sign Watts, General Manager Mike Hirshfeld will likely push to sign Miller. This past season she put up 14 points in the regular season and 3 in the playoffs. Her playmaking skills and ability to navigate through tight defenses make her a constant threat in the offensive zone. Miller’s addition to Ottawa would inject a dose of energy and creativity into their offense. Her ability to generate scoring chances and her versatility in various offensive roles would make her a key player for the team.

Michela Cava

Michela Cava
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Another free agent Ottawa could target is Michela Cava. The 2024 PWHL Champion was instrumental in Minnesota’s championship run, tied for the lead in scoring with 8 points during the playoffs. Her leadership qualities and experience within the PHF and SDHL could be a great addition to Ottawa’s roster. Cava also played with recently drafted defenseman Ronja Salvolainen during her time in the SDHL. If Cava can continue her success after the 2024 playoffs, she could help bolster Ottawa’s lineup and add reliability to their offense.

Hannah Brandt

Hannah Brandt
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Hannah Brandt is a seasoned center with a well-rounded game, combining offensive skills with defensive reliability. Her extensive experience, including multiple World Championships and Olympic Games, underscores her value as a player who can perform at the highest levels. This past season she scored a goal with 3 seconds left to help bring PWHL Boston to the playoffs. For Ottawa, Brandt would bring stability and leadership to the team. Her ability to excel in both offensive and defensive situations provides a balanced presence on the ice.

Securing top free agents is crucial for Ottawa as they aim for championship success in the PWHL. Players like Kateřina Mrázová, Daryl Watts, Hannah Miller, Michela Cava, and Hannah Brandt possess the skills and experience to elevate the team’s performance. By targeting these standout players, Ottawa can build a strong roster capable of having a successful 2024-25 season.

Elisha Côté

Elisha Côté is a Media Production and Design student at Carleton University and a passionate sports fan. She covers PWHL Ottawa.

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