Report: Owen Power returning to Michigan for sophomore season

Power has a great chance to win a NCAA title in 2022
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Reports have surfaced that Buffalo Sabres 2021 first overall pick Owen Power is going back to the University of Michigan for another season.

Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports the defenseman will play his sophomore season with the Wolverines.

This comes as no surprise that the 18-year-old would return to Michigan. He told me before he was drafted that he wanted the whole college experience, which included playing in a full Yost Arena and going to class.

Power also told reporters that he wanted to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Tournament this December. He did represent Canada at the 2021 World Championship in Latvia and played a key role in his team winning the gold medal.

This is a decision that was made by Power and his advisors. The 6-foot-6 defensemen, of course, took input from the Sabres and other trusted people in his circle, but the decision was ultimately his.

In 26 games with Michigan last season, Power scored three goals and added 13 assists for 16 points.

Power has a great chance to win a NCAA championship in 2022, as four of the top-five picks from this year’s draft will play there this season. This includes second overall pick Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), fourth overall pick Luke Hughes (New Jersey Devils) and fifth overall pick Kent Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets).

I would expect Power to sign with the Sabres once his college season is over.