Michigan Hockey gets all three of their star freshmen back in 2021-22

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As student-athletes around the world get settled back in on respective campuses, the collegiate hockey season will start getting closer on the horizon. Michigan Hockey just got some good news about three of their star freshmen from the 2020-21 season.

It was announced that Michigan Hockey will see Owen Power, Matty Beniers, and Kent Johnson return to Ann Arbor for the 2021-22 season. This comes after all three of the studs wound up being drafted in the top five of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

It was defenseman Owen Power who was selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and immediately after being chosen, the rumors began about him returning to Ann Arbor. Following Power was Matty Beniers, who is joining the newly rostered Seattle Kraken.

The third Wolverines freshman who was selected in the top five was Kent Johnson, who the Columbus Blue Jackets selected. All three Wolverines will be back for another season looking to make it to the Frozen Four.

Michigan Hockey is getting three studs back in 2021-22.

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It was a historic draft for the Wolverines. The 2021 NHL Entry Draft could basically be labeled as the draft of the Wolverines with how many of them were stationed at the top, including Wolverines commits like Luke Hughes, who was also selected in the top-five.

Hughes has not announced if he is planning on attending Michigan this fall or signing with the Devils, but the three freshmen, now sophomores, stars are going to shine once again.

The Wolverines fell short in 2020-21 due to the pandemic and some COVID-19 issues with players on the team.

It was a tough way to end, but bringing back these three studs is going to be huge for them going into the 2021-22 season. Power is coming off of a 16 point season where he scored three goals and added 13 assists over 26 games played.

Beniers, on the other hand, was able to pot 10 goals and add 14 assists for 24 total points over 24 games played. Finally, Johnson logged 26 games where he had nine goals and 18 assists for 27 total points.

These three players are going to be incredibly impactful for the Wolverines. With each of them coming back for year two, there’s even more to be excited about for the upcoming season.

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The Wolverines were a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten in 2020-21, and this upcoming season should bring more of the same given the return of these three youngsters.