Meet the Promising Future Superstar of the Buffalo Sabres
The NHL Draft has come and gone, and while the end was marred by controversy, the beginning was marked by celebration.
That celebration came in the form of the first overall pick, given to the Buffalo Sabres, who selected defenseman Owen Power to join their franchise. Standing at 6'5" and weighing over 200 pounds as a rookie, the Power on the back of his jersey is reflected in his play on the ice, and that trait is intriguing to a Buffalo franchise looking for...well, anything positive, frankly.
Power has been a star at every stop in his career to this point, and the Sabres are praying for that trend to continue.
Most recently, Power spent his freshman year in college playing at the University of Michigan, where he racked up 16 points in 26 games. The youngster recently said in an interview that he plans to return to Michigan next season, adding that he wanted to experience a normal year of college after dealing with COVID-19 as a first-year. Power totaled 40 points in 45 games with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League before beginning his college career, and has represented Canada nationally on two separate occasions.
On the side of the Buffalo Sabres, they're hoping Power represents a fresh start for the franchise. They've already traded long-time defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, and have been rumored to be moving star center Jack Eichel for months now. The team is entering yet another re-build, and have very few reasons to be excited for the 2021-22 season.
Heck, even the expansion draft couldn't help ease their burden.
That said, Power is a can't-miss talent on defense for the team, and they made the right call drafting him. Power has said that he has been to Buffalo Sabres games many times in his earlier years, and has family and friends in the surrounding area. He probably won't suit up for the team this season, but as long as the two sides are able to agree to a contract eventually, he'll attempt to be the hero that brings Buffalo back to hockey relevancy.