With the first overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft, Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams took to the podium at KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo to announce the selection of defenseman Owen Power from the University of Michigan.
Power stands at 6-foot-6, 213 pounds and registered 16 points (3+13) this past season as a member of the Wolverines. Just the season before in 2019-20, Power finished as the highest-scoring defenseman in the USHL with 40 points in 45 games, while also being named the USHL Defenseman of the Year.
At the 2021 IIHF World Championship with Canada, established himself as a top-four defenseman, while registering an assist in 10 games to win the gold medal in Latvia.
The 18-year-old defenseman will likely head back to Ann Arbor next season to join a team littered with first round picks from this year’s NHL Draft.
There is a lot to like about Power’s overall game. Steve Kournianos from TheDraftAnalyst.com raves about Power’s size, balance and passing ability.
“Power is an excellent skater in all directions for a defender of any size,” Kournianos said. “The fact that he’s 6-foot-6 adds additional problems to opponents trying to knock him off the puck, but the truth is that Power can be both graceful and nimble while motoring up ice at top speed. His movements are fluid and pivots are effortless, and Power’s first step in any direction seems to catch opponents by surprise. What shouldn’t come as a shock is his exceptional balance, as Power can lug the puck up ice with a body or two draped over his back. The puck is on his stick a lot during a given game but intense pressure or a physical forecheck never seem to faze him. Power can put the perfect touch on any pass over any distance in any situation.”
Power was welcomed to Buffalo by former Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in a special video.
Power is the first of two selections made by the Sabres in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Buffalo's second first round pick comes at 14th overall, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier on Friday.
Follow along with all of the first round picks with our 2021 NHL Draft Tracker.