DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: Michigan (NCAA), 26GP, 3G, 13A, 16PTS, +18; WC (Canada), 10GP, 3A, 3PTS, +1
RANKING: 1st Ranked North American Skater - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ:
"Power has unlimited potential in the NHL. He will most likely become a top-pairing defenceman that can play in all situations and eat up 30 minutes of ice time a night, but he could go the route of Byfuglien and Burns and play upfront for a while too. Basically, the sky is the limit." -Matthew Zator, The Hockey Writers
CUT TO THE CHASE:
Owen Power is the consensus best player of the entire 2021 NHL Draft class, and is expect to be selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres. The 6-foot-5 (some list him as 6-6) blueliner solidified his top billing with his play at the IIHF World Championship, helping Canada win a gold medal while logging big minutes and playing in all situations.
The Mississauga, Ontario native enjoyed a successful freshman campaign with the University of Michigan, posting 16 points (3G-13A) in 26 games while notching a plus-18. He earned Big Ten All-Rookie Team honors and Big Ten Second-Team All-Star.
Power has a lot to like, starting with his size and skating ability. He is a rare big man - and will only get bigger as he matures - that can skate well. He has great agility and is smooth on his edges. He has decent speed for a guy his size.
Power is an excellent defender thanks to his biggest asset, a high hockey IQ. He always makes the right read, takes the right gaps and takes up a lot of space with his reach and long stick. He also has an excellent breakout pass and can contribute offensively with a hard shot.