Michigan's Owen Power selected No. 1 in NHL Draft
Saturday, July 24, 2021

(UNDATED) – The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday night. Power, 18, was the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. His selection marks just the fourth time in NHL history that an NCAA player has gone first overall, joining forward Joe Murphy (1986, Detroit Red Wings); goalie Rick DiPietro (2000 NY Islanders) and defenseman Erik Johnson (2006 St. Louis Blues). The 6-foot-6 defenseman is the second blueliner the Sabres have taken first overall in the last four drafts, joining 2018 No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin. Power is just the third defenseman to be drafted first overall since 2007. Power played 26 games for Michigan as a freshman last season, tallying 16 points. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he appeared in 10 games for Team Canada at the IIHF world championships, playing alongside NHL players. His mobility and size have earned him comparisons to Tampa Bay Lightning star Victor Hedman. When Power might show up to play for the Sabres hasn't been determined yet. The defenseman said that, ideally, he'd like to return to Michigan for at least a year after his first season there was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.