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Chicago Steel Alum Owen Power Signs With Buffalo Sabres

The 19-year-old defenseman and 2021 first overall pick is heading to Buffalo after two seasons at the University of Michigan.

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Owen Power, a Chicago Steel alum, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The 19-year-old defenseman scored 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) in 33 games during his sophomore season at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines’ season ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals Thursday in Boston.

In two seasons with Michigan, Power scored 48 points (six goals, 42 assists) in 59 games. He was the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft by Buffalo.

Power also scored five points (three goals, two assists) in two games for Canada at COVID-19 shortened 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. His performance was highlighted by scoring a hat trick in Canada’s 6-3 win against Czechia.

The Mississauga, Ontario native also had an assist in five games for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Power scored 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists) in 103 regular-season games for the Steel. He had two assists in 11 playoff games from 2018-2020.

Owen Power joins former Steel teammate Nick Abruzzese (Harvard) to sign an NHL contract this spring after his college season ended. Abruzzese has played in three NHL games so far for the Maple Leafs. There is no word on when Power could make his NHL debut. The Buffalo Sabres play Friday at the Florida Panthers.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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