Michigan Hockey: Buffalo Sabres win right to select Owen Power

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The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery took place last night, and Michigan Hockey now has a better idea of where some of their players will end up. With Michigan Wolverines defenseman Owen Power being one of the top-ranked prospects, it seems that he will very likely be taken first overall.

Michigan Hockey’s Power has been atop most of the top prospect lists and mock drafts as the top guy in the draft. However, this draft is a bit of a clustered mess at the top of the draft class. There is a high likelihood that there could be some surprises in the early picks.

But, with Power being the likely prized possession at round one, pick one, the draft lottery offered some insight. The results of the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery have the Buffalo Sabres holding the first overall pick.

Given the projections, the Sabres are likely to be selecting the Canadian defenseman who will be their third first overall selection over the past four seasons. Back in 2018, the Sabres chose first, where they scooped up Rasmus Dahlin.

Michigan Hockey’s Owen Power is likely to get selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres.

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The 6-foot-5, 214-pound left defenseman played the 2020-21 season with the Wolverines after coming out of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Power managed three goals and 13 assists for 16 points over 26 games in a maize and blue uniform.

He’s a big body who should perform quite well for the Sabres if that is where he ends up. After being a great defender for the Wolverines, the Canadian-born Power will be a great NHL prospect.

Michigan Hockey fans should definitely keep an eye on Power as he develops and looks to be a great NHL player of the future.

He may not be the most offensive defenseman, but he is someone who plays a clean two-way game and will be able to carry that success into the NHL.

Power finds himself on the ice when his team scores; more often than not, being a plus-18 with the Wolverines this year is a testament to that.

Power may not be the best or most exciting talent, but he is the safest option and will likely be donning a Sabres jersey come draft day. With the conclusion of the Lottery, Wolverines fans now have a better idea of where the defenseman will end up.

While the Detroit Red Wings may have missed out on Power, being given the sixth overall selection, they will still add a top talent. Either way you look at it, the Red Wings will still be able to have a shot at a Michigan Hockey player.

They are in the range of selecting Matty Beniers if he falls to sixth or Kent Johnson if the Red Wings want to reach higher in the draft rankings. The Red Wings have options, though Power may not be there as some would have liked.

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Nonetheless, there’s a chance that Michigan Hockey’s Owen Power finds himself in a Sabres uniform after day one of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.