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Power signs contract with Sabres, was No. 1 pick of 2021 Draft

Defenseman could make NHL debut against Maple Leafs on Tuesday, scored 32 points in 33 games at Michigan

NHL.com @NHLdotcom
 29 minutes ago

Owen Power, the No. 1 pick of the 2021 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.


The 19-year-old defenseman will join the Sabres in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, ahead of Buffalo's game at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, and he could make his NHL debut at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, general manager Kevyn Adams said.


Power was born in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario.


As a sophomore this season at the University of Michigan, Power scored 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) in 33 games.


Michigan's season ended with a 3-2 overtime loss against Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals in Boston on Thursday.


Power's teammate, forward Kent Johnson, the No. 5 pick of the 2021 draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

In two seasons with Michigan, Power scored 48 points (six goals, 42 assists) in 59 games.


Power also scored five points (three goals, two assists) in two games for Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship before the tournament was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.


In his first game he became the first Canada defenseman with a hat trick in a 6-3 win against Czechia.


He also had one assist, a plus-2 rating and a Canada-best 21:38 in average ice time in five games at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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