Owen Power leaning towards staying in school

Power is likely the Sabres' pick at first overall on July 23

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) – If the Sabres draft Owen Power with the first overall pick on July 23, it‘s very possible you won’t see him in a Buffalo uniform next October.

The sophomore defenseman was on NHL Network on Friday and expressed his desire to return to the University of Michigan.

“I think right now I’m leaning towards going back to school," Power said during "NHL Now." "It’s something I’d like to do to try to get the full experience of playing college hockey. But at the end of the day, it obviously depends on what the team wants and what everyone around thinks is best. So I don’t really think there’s a bad option. I would say I’m leaning a bit more to going back to school right now.”

Michigan was supposed to play in the NCAA tournament this spring, but the Wolverines had to pull out due to COVID-19 concerns. Of course Michigan didn’t have fans either, so that’s part of the college experience Power missed his freshman season.

When Casey Mittelstadt was the Sabres' eighth overall pick in 2017, he left the University of Minnesota after just one season. As it turned out, it was a huge mistake.

Unlike Power, Mittelstadt didn’t even dominate in his freshman season, and would’ve been much better served by playing another year with the Golden Gophers.

You can see how well Cole Caufield is doing with the Montreal Canadiens. He was taken in the 2019 NHL Draft and spent two years at the University of Wisconsin before joining the Habs late in the season.

Unlike Mittelstadt, Caufield did dominate this year, scoring 30 goals and 52 points in 31 games. That performance earned him the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player.