After Michigan’s 3-2 overtime loss to the University of Denver on Thursday, Owen Power has signed his entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. The contract is the standard for a top pick. It is three years in length, as reported first by NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes.
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I’m told the @BuffaloSabres are signing D Owen Power from @umichhockey to a 3 Yr ELC. I wanna hear you Sabres and @BuffaloBills Mafia ! @espn @NHLNetwork @NHLNetwork #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/Z5DZ2PbjmW
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) April 8, 2022
Owen Power Signs Entry-Level Contract
After a tremendous season with the University of Michigan, Owen Power is ready to join the pros. The defenceman was selected first overall just last July but this was his second season with the Michigan Wolverines. The 19-year-old had 32 points in 32 games, including 29 assists. He was a key player for the Wolverines as they advanced to the Frozen Four.
Besides being a point per game in the NCAA, Power had a big year. He represented Team Canada twice, once in the World Juniors where he had a 4-goal game before the tournament was cancelled. And then he went on to join Canada in this year’s Winter Olympics, helping the team get to the quarter-finals. Signing his first pro contract is just another addition to an already incredible year for Power.
Now, the Canadian defenceman will join the young Buffalo Sabres to finish their 2021-22 season.
What This Means For The Future
The Sabres’ season is almost over and they won’t make it to the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean that the arrival of Owen Power won’t be much appreciated by the team. Their general manager, Kevyn Adams, has highlighted how much they’re valuing the development of their young core. And adding Power will give them another reason to make a big push to finish the season.
Owen Power is a big defenceman with incredible skating skills and a great hockey IQ. He’s not perfect, of course, and will need a lot of help as he eases into the NHL. But the next games will be critical for the team to determine what exactly he needs. What type of help they can provide him entering the next season. They’ll have to sign a few players during the offseason – including a handful of right-handed defencemen – and knowing what to look for will make things a lot easier.
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