Buffalo, (WGR 550) – It took less than 24 hours for the Buffalo Sabres to come to terms with the 2021 No. 1 overall pick, Owen Power. It’s a three-year entry level contract, which will get the first year burned off of it.
The defenseman just finished playing in the Frozen Four semifinals against Denver, losing 3-2 in overtime. The Wolverines were a dream team, as four of the top-five picks from the 2021 NHL Draft played for them.
One of those players, the fifth overall pick Kent Johnson, has already signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Wolverines' captain, undrafted free agent defenseman Nick Blankenburg, has also signed with Columbus.
Power wanted to return to Michigan for his sophomore season, because he wanted to win a National Championship and win a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.
However, he accomplished neither, as the World Juniors were cut short due to COVID-19. Power was spectacular in two games with Canada, scoring three goals and two assists for five points. In five games at the Beijing Olympics, he had no goals and one assist.
In two seasons at Michigan, Power played 59 games, scoring six goals and 42 assists for 48 points.
With Power joining Rasmus Dahlin and Mattias Samuelsson at left defense, the Sabres are set for years to come. Power is 19-years-old, while Dahlin is 21 and Samuelsson is 22.
If 2019 first-round pick Ryan Johnson signs, he would have to move to right defense, which would mean the 20-year-old would join 22-year-old Henri Jokiharju and 25-year-old Casey Fitzgerald on that side.
Jacob Bryson, who is 24, could be a swingman and play either side.
Buffalo is waiting on word from Johnson and Michigan goalie Erik Portillo to see if they are going to sign out of college.
Portillo is 21-years-old and was taken in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft.
Johnson’s season at Minnesota also ended Thursday in the Frozen Four semifinals against Minnesota State.