First draft pick Owen Power is set to make his debut on Tuesday

On Friday, the Buffalo Sabers announced the signing of defenseman and first draft pick Owen Power to a three-year entry-level contract.

Power, 19, the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, is set to make his NHL debut with the Sabers on Tuesday en route to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, Power opted to return to Michigan for his second season despite being the first draft pick last year.

At the time, Power was eager to get another shot at a national title with the Wolverines.

“Going back another year, I can get a lot of development, be able to dominate games at the college level,” Power said via “And then, how good the team will be next year, we will have a very good chance of winning a national title.”

The 6-foot-6 defenseman played 33 games for the Wolverines this season, posting three goals and 27 assists, finishing with a plus-27 differential.

Power’s hopes for a national title at Michigan ended Thursday, as the University of Denver eliminated the Wolverines in overtime from the NCAA’s Frozen Four.

“At the end of the day, it’s been a great development year for him,” Buffalo Sabers general manager Kevyn Adams said. “No matter how talented he is, he’s still a young player and we want to continue to help him improve more and more and set him up for success. I’m really proud of the way he is doing. is behaved during this season on and off the ice and just excited to have him wear a Sabers uniform.”

While the Sabers will be on the road in Tampa Bay on Sunday to face the Lightning, Power is expected to make his Sabers debut on Tuesday in Toronto, just 15 miles from where he grew up in Mississauga, Ont.

“That’s sort of the tentative plan,” Adams said. “I think it would be good for him to get on the ice for a few days, be with the guys, he’ll watch the game in Tampa and be ready to go, so we’re excited.”

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