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February 2, 2021

Johnson, Power earn Hobey Baker nominations

University of Michigan standouts and top 2021 NHL Draft-eligible prospects Kent Johnson and Owen Power have been listed among the initial nominees for the Hobey Baker Award.

Both prospects have had strong showings in their rookie campaigns, along with fellow draft-eligible Matthew Beniers. The trio has made the University of Michigan must-watch hockey for draft enthusiasts.

After collecting 101 points in 52 games in the BCHL last season with the Trail Smoke Eaters, Johnson has wasted no time in the NCAA, collecting six goals, 12 assists, and 18 points in 16 games. This total is tied for first on the team in points with Thomas Bordeleau and second in goals, one behind Michael Pastujov.

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Power also had a strong 2019-20, with 40 points in 45 games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel. At the NCAA level, he’s scored twice and added 10 assists for 12 points in 16 games. This total leads all defensemen on the team and puts him fourth among the entire team, tied with Brendan Brisson.

“With an incredibly strong season in the works for the two draft eligibles it’s really not too shocking Johnson and Power are up for the Hobey Baker,” FCHockey head scout Dylan Galloway said. “Their offensive play speaks for itself but I think for Johnson in particular people have been a bit surprised with his overall impressive development to his game.”

The prestigious award is given annually to recognize the NCAA player the exhibits strength and character both on and off the ice, contributes to the integrity of the team, displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game, and shows scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. In recent years, the award has been given to players such as Cale Makar, Jack Eichel, and Johnny Gaudreau.

The first round of fan voting is on now until March 8, 2021, at hobeybaker.com/vote.

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