August 19, 2021

REPORT: Power to return to Michigan

Owen Power will be returning to Michigan for his sophomore season, according to a report from The Buffalo News. 

The Buffalo Sabres selected Power with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft last month.

He is the first first-overall pick to not make the immediate jump to the NHL since Erik Johnson was taken No. 1 by the St. Louis Blues in 2006. 

Power, a consensus top pick for the 2021 draft, had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 26 games as a freshman with the University of Michigan. He was named to the NCAA (B1G) All-Rookie Team, and Second All-Star Team. He was finished his season as a finalist for the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year and was an initial finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

He also represented Canada at the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship, recording three assists and averaging 20:17 of ice time in 10 games.

Power had previously indicated he was contemplating a return to college hockey for the 2021-22 season.

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