Finally, the Buffalo Sabers are ready to welcome their first-ever overall pick of 2021, Owen Power, to the lineup.
Power, a 19-year-old defenseman, finished his season at the University of Michigan, where he helped Wolverine reach the Frozen Four. His club fell in the semi-finals to the eventual champions, the University of Denver Pioneers.
In the season, Power played 33 games, picking up 32 points (three goals and 29 assists) to achieve a career-best plus-27 rating for the Wolverines.
Now Power will turn his attention to the National Hockey League. He and the Sabers agreed to a three-year contract over the weekend, which set up the young Blueliners to make his NHL debut on the Buffalo Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Owen Power is expected to be in the Sabers lineup on Tuesday.
Although the Sabers have nothing to play for for the 2021-2022 season, the future looks as bright as it has always been in years for the struggling franchise.
Buffalo transferred former captain Jack Eichel earlier this year, and it freed up the entire organization to operate at a higher level. The Sabers have a 26–37–11 record, which places them sixth in the Atlantic Division.
It may not be a great season, but it feels like a step in the right direction. Tage Thompson has had a career year, while Alex Touch has emerged as a potential cornerstone for the franchise. Now, Power enters the lineup, and it starts to feel like the Sabers’ future is here.
Buffalo are currently on a three-game losing streak, but before that, the team posted a 10-4-3 record since early March, an encouraging end for a club that turns cold as ice. this phase of the campaign.
When they welcome Power to the team, the Sabers will attempt to break their losing streak and eventually get back on track, in the case of their playoff drought.