A big two-way defender who is an elder statesman for the draft class. Power has the size and skating ability that coach’s dream of in the modern day blueliner. Defensively stout, offensively productive.
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April 2022 – Power signed his three-year ELC with Buffalo on April 8, 2022, and he will be in the NHL line up within the next week. This move will burn the first year of his ELC. The standout defenseman for the University of Michigan collected 32 points in 33 games and was already too good for NCAA hockey. He was also the standout player on Team Canada’s two December World Junior Championship games where he had a hattrick in one, and five points overall in the two pre-canceled tournament. Pat Quinn
July 2021 – Owen Power was selected 1st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard
March 2021 – Michigan’s NCAA Tournament came to a premature end before they even played a game. Having been able to keep COVID out of the locker room in the new year, Michigan had to pull out of the tournament the day of their first game due to health and safety protocols. This ends Owen Power’s season and puts a cap on a solid draft season. He isn’t without his faults but the hulking blueliner should be in the conversation at first overall when draft day comes and he seems to be the favorite at this point to go first overall. Now, it’s time for him to prepare for the NHL Draft. Tony Ferrari
February 2021 – Owen Power has been an interesting prospect to evaluate this season with the Michigan Wolverines. He possesses the size and strength combination that scouts and coaches dream of when looking at defensemen. He is also a very good straight-ahead skater who can work wonders with the puck on his stick in transition. There are moments when he is able to put everything together and when he does, he sets Twitter ablaze. The highlights of Power’s game are tantalizing. The other end of the spectrum is a bit concerning though because for every highlight, there are some growing pains. Power has struggled at times when the game becomes structured, with his team not having the talent advantage it did last year when he was with the Steel who absolutely dominated the USHL. There are times when Power panics when dealing with pressure and he loses that dynamic element as he resorts to glass and out dump ins or over handling the puck without moving his feet. It is not all doom and gloom for the Michigan defender though. He has put up 12 points in just 16 games a freshman, finding ways to contribute even when he struggles in his own end at times.
Power will still likely be the number one player on many boards this year because the upside truly could be special. Even with the chances of reaching that elite level minutes eater and powerplay quarterback are slim, the fact that they aren’t null and void makes him special. It’s not often that a defender with Power’s size skates as well as he does and also has the skill to be a dominant offensive force at times. The package is intriguing, let’s just hope the toy looks as good when to take it out of the box. Tony Ferrari
August 2020 – If there is a box that Owen Power doesn’t check off, it’s probably not an important box. The USHL Defenseman of the Year in 2019-20 led all blueliners in scoring with 40 points in 45 games. Standing at 6’5″ and 209lbs and skating as smooth as almost anyone in the draft class, Power’s tools seem as if they were built in a video game. He can play physically or with finesse, powerful or skilled. He is a real contender to challenge for first overall in the 2021 NHL Draft but the uncertainty of NCAA hockey throws a bit of a wrench into things. As a late 2002-born player, he is a bit older for the draft class but the production and play to this point has done nothing to deter anyone from thinking that Power is going to be a force at the next level. He is strong defensively, understanding and utilizing good gaps in defensive transitions. He throws his body around at will and imposes himself physically along the boards. He makes good passes out of the defensive zone. His puck rushing ability has shown well thus far in the USHL but he may run into some problems at the NCAA level as neutral zone defenses get a bit tighter as he seems to be just hanging onto the puck at times. With some refinement, there is no reason to believe that he won’t be able to translate the skill but there may be an adjustment period. A facilitator from the blueline rather than a real playmaker, he shows reliable passing and smart decisions with the puck. He is agile along the blueline which aids in opening passing lanes as well as finding a lane to get the puck on net with his heavy shot. Depending on what next season holds for NCAA hockey, Power could go back to the USHL and dominate the league and prove to be a viable option in the top-five of the 2021 draft. Tony Ferrari
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