The defenseman (6-foot-6, 213 pounds), number one in the final standings of the NHL Central Scouting North American skaters, scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and had a plus- 18 in 26 games this season, and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman squad.
“When I look at Owen Power, if he’s in trouble, I don’t know,” said Craig Button, TSN director of scouting, NHL analyst and former NHL general manager. “He may feel in trouble, someone may sense that he is in trouble, but the main thing is that he always goes to the next room. “
Power helped Canada win the 2021 IIHF World Championship with three assists, 17 shots on goal and an average of 20:07 ice time in 10 games. He played 24:17 in a 3-2 overtime win over Finland in the championship game, including a Canadian high of 10:31 in the third period.
He said on July 6 that he was considering returning to Michigan next season, but has not made a final decision.
“I wouldn’t say I’m determined to go back to school,” Power said. “I’m looking into it right now, but it’s obviously something I will have to discuss with the team that selects me. I will think more about it after being drafted. “
The last player chosen # 1 not to play in the NHL the following season was Erik Johnson, selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL Draft. The defenseman chose to play one season at the University of Minnesota and made his NHL debut in the 2007-08 season.
The Buffalo Sabers have the # 1 pick in the first round, slated for July 23 (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW), with rounds 2-7 on July 24 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW).
Power said he would be happy to be able to play for the Sabers.
“I know they have a rich history,” he told TSN on July 9. “It would be an honor to play for them and to be drafted by them. “
Here are NHL.com’s top 10 defensemen available for the 2021 NHL Draft:
1. Owen Power, Michigan (NCAA)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: No. 1 (North American skaters)
Power is great presence with good vision and strength and looks like a top pair NHL defenseman. The 18-year-old scored two power play goals and led Michigan with 40 blocked shots. He could be the third college player to become No.1 in the draft, after Boston University goaltender Rick DiPietro to the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Draft and Michigan State center Joe Murphy to the Red Wings of Detroit in the 1986 NHL Draft.
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2. Simon Edvinsson, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 2 (international skaters)
Edvinsson (6-4, 198) is a physical defender who shoots from the left with a good set of tools, including mobility, skating and a powerful shot. The 18-year-old tallied one assist and 5:48 ice time average in 10 games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and scored six points (one goal, five assists) in the Swedish junior league. Edvinsson scored four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games to help Sweden finish third at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
3. Luke Hughes, United States U-18 (NTDP)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 4th (North American skaters)
Hughes (6-2, 184) is an excellent skater able to play smart defensive play with good balance and good readability. He scored 34 points (six goals, 28 assists), had 68 shots on goal and posted a plus-11 differential in 38 games for the Under-18 team of the National Team Development Program of Canada. USA Hockey. The 17-year-old has returned to skating after suffering a tendon laceration in his foot following a cut to the skate on March 7. He is the younger brother of the Vancouver Canucks defenseman. Quinn Hughes and the New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes, and has pledged to play in Michigan next season.
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4. Brandt Clarke, Barrie (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 7th (North American skaters)
Clarke (6-2, 185), the younger brother of Devils forward Graeme Clarke, is a mobile right-hander who moves the puck and is considered an excellent passer and playmaker with great vision. The 18-year-old scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and posted a plus-6 differential in 26 games on loan with Nove Zamsky in the Slovak Extraliga, Slovakia’s top professional league. He scored seven points (two goals, five assists) and posted a plus-12 differential in seven games for Canada in first place at the U-18 World Championship.
5. Carson Lambos, Winnipeg (WHL)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 11th (North American skaters)
Lambos (6-1, 197) is a two-way defender who has shown good patience in the defensive zone and in transition. He played two games in the Western Hockey League before leaving the team for end-of-season medical intervention. The 18-year-old has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 13 games on loan with JYP in the Finnish junior league. He led the WHL rookie defensemen with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 57 games in 2019-20.
6. Corson Ceulemans, Brooks (AJHL)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 14th (North American skaters)
The 18-year-old right-hander (6-2, 198) has the potential to become one of the NHL’s top four defensemen, capable of playing big minutes in any situation. He scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in eight games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and scored eight points (one goal, seven assists) and posted a plus-11 rating in six games for Canada at the World Under-18 Championship. He has signed up to the University of Wisconsin for the 2022-2023 season.
7. Daniil Chayka, CSKA (RUS)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 5th (international skaters)
Chayka (6-3, 187) is a smooth skating left-handed defenseman with excellent mobility, composure and poise who enjoys playing with rhythm. The 18-year-old has two points (one goal, one assist) in 11 games on loan with CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League, and four points (one goal, three assists) in five games in the MHL, the League junior from Russia. . He had nine shots on goal and averaged 12:39 in six games for Russia, fourth at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. Chayka has experience in North America; he scored 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 56 games with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
8. Stanislav Svozil, Brno (CZREP)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 16th (international skaters)
Svozil (6-1, 182) scored three points (one goal, two assists) and an average of 13:28 ice time in 30 games in the Czech Extraliga, the Czech Republic’s top professional league. The 18-year-old is an excellent skater capable of moving the puck well with good vision. He tallied one assist and 16:52 ice time average in five games for the Czech Republic at WJC and one assist in five games for his country at the U18 World Championship.
9. Shai Buium, Sioux City (USHL)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 20th (North American skaters)
Buium’s parents are from Israel, but he was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Los Angeles to play for the Los Angeles Junior Kings in 2016-17. Buium (6-3, 209) scored 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) and posted a plus-16 rating in 50 games for Sioux City after scoring 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 17 games with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota. The 18-year-old has signed up to the University of Denver for the 2022-2023 season.
10. Evan Nause, Quebec (LHJMQ)
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 22nd (North American skaters)
Nause (6-2, 186) led the rookie defensemen of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 32 games. The 18-year-old, who is mobile, shows solid agility and edge work, and has played in all situations.
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