Contender Series: Blueline Big-3

Tony Ferrari


Graphic Courtesy of Andrew Armstrong


The 2021 NHL Draft is setting up to be one of the most unique in recent memory. There is no clear-cut number one prospect as there is most years with a player such as Alexis Lafrenière or Auston Matthews. The 2021 class has doesn’t even have a two-horse race in the making. Rather, the 2021 group has a large group of talent that could be vying for the top pick. The ‘Contender Series’ will profile some of the contenders for the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Each edition will feature three prospects who all, to varying degrees, have a shot at first overall. This will serve as a four-part kick-off to the monthly draft reports that will be out the final week of each month until the draft. The four-part series will focus on a different grouping of prospects:

Fascinating Forwards                      Big-3 Blueliners

Michigan Made                                       Wild Cards

This trio of defenders could easily be called the “Favorites” instead of the “Blueline Big-3”. A great deal of the talk around the first spot, especially as Aatu Räty struggles to start the season, has gone to Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts. The right-shot rearguard has been electrifying at times with the Colts. His upside seems enormous with his combination of IQ and toolset. Owen Power has also been a hot topic of conversation because of his massive frame and gaudy point totals with the Chicago Steel last season. Heading to the University of Michigan this upcoming season, he’ll be one of the most interesting players to follow for the year. Carson Lambos is a horse on the back end. His ability to step into a number one defenseman role with the Winnipeg Ice (WHL) last season was impressive. He was an instant contributor in all facets of the game and showed immense potential as the year wore on. Of all of the Contender Series trios, this one has the most likely chance to produce the number one pick.


LHD Owen Power – University of Michigan (NCAA)

6’6″  –  214lbs  –  November 22, 2002  –  Canadian 


With the combination of size, skating, and skill, Owen Power’s name has vaulted to the top of many 2021 NHL Draft boards early in the year. The 6’5” defender was one of the best players in the USHL of any age last season. His 40 points in 45 games led all blueliners in scoring, earning Defenseman of the Year and First Team All-Star accolades along the