2020-21 Team: Michigan Wolverines
Date of Birth: Nov. 22, 2002
Place of Birth: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Ht: 6-foot-5 Wt: 214 pounds
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible
- NHL Central Scouting: 1st (amongst NA skaters)
- Future Considerations: 3rd
- Recruit Scouting: 4th
- Peter Baracchini’s March Rankings: 4th
- Andrew Forbes’ February Rankings: 4th
- Matthew Zator’s April Rankings: 6th
- Smaht Scouting: 6th
- Bob McKenzie’s Rankings: 1st
- Dobber Prospects Mid- Season Rankings: 9th
Including having one of the best names in the draft, Owen Power boasts an intriguing package of size, power (pun certainly intended), mobility, and hockey IQ from the backend. Playing for the powerhouse Michigan Wolverines, he excelled in his freshman season and showed everyone why he will be strongly considered for the first-overall pick in July.
Related: THW 2021 NHL Draft Guide
Power isn’t the odds-on favourite to go first overall, but he’s definitely in the running. After a strong season in the USHL with the Chicago Steel where he recorded 12 goals and 40 points in 45 games, he adjusted to life in the NCAA with the Wolverines almost immediately. He ended up playing in all situations and became one of head coach Mel Pearson’s most trusted defencemen.
The 6-foot-5 Mississauga native has all the attributes of a minute-munching top-pairing defenceman who can play upwards of 30 minutes a night. With his offensive smarts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play the role of power forward one day and dominate the game like Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns did for the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks respectively. His toolbox is that extensive.
Power can also run a power play with his precise passing and cannon of a shot and neutralize threats on the penalty kill with his physicality and massive wingspan. His defensive game is still a work in progress, but that weakness does not rear its head very often, as he usually plays an efficient game in all three zones. With his ability to either calmly skate the puck out of the zone or make a quick breakout pass, he is rarely in trouble defensively.
All in all, Power is a complete two-way defenceman that will become the envy of every NHL team that does not select him in the upcoming draft. He has almost unlimited potential as not only a top-pairing defenceman but also potentially as a top-six power forward that can score 20 goals. There are not too many prospects that have that sort of potential.
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Owen Power – NHL Draft Projection
Like most players projected to go in the top-ten, Power is ranked from as high as first-overall to as low as ninth. This year more than ever, first-round picks will be determined by a team’s need. As a potential franchise defenceman, I don’t see him falling out of the top ten. However, with all the uncertainty around who will get chosen first, don’t be surprised to see him go right off the hop as well.
“Power has all the tools to be a number one defenceman. He has the size, skating, offensive game, defensive game, smarts and physical play that scouts look for in defenders, all in one package. There is some question about how high his ceiling is, as most of his traits are very good, but not excellent. However, there are not many weaknesses in his game either.” – Ben Kerr, Last Word on Hockey
“Power is an excellent skater in all directions for a defender of any size. The fact that he’s 6-foot-5 adds additional problems to opponents trying to knock him off the puck, but the truth is that Power can be both graceful and nimble while motoring up ice at top speed. His movements are fluid and pivots are effortless, and Power’s first step in any direction seems to catch opponent’s by surprise. What shouldn’t come as a shock is his exceptional balance, as Power can lug the puck up ice with a body or two draped over his back. The puck is on his stick a lot during a given game but intense pressure or a physical forecheck never seem to faze him. Power can put the perfect touch on any pass over any distance in any situation.” – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst
“Not only does Power have the ability to thread the needle from the point, but he also has a cannon of a shot. Power has a big wind-up on his slap shot, which strengthens his slap shot power.” – Josh Tessler, Smaht Scouting
“There are moments when he is able to put everything together and when he does, he sets Twitter ablaze. The highlights of Power’s game are tantalizing. The other end of the spectrum is a bit concerning though because for every highlight, there are some growing pains. Power has struggled at times when the game becomes structured, with his team not having the talent advantage it did last year when he was with the Steel who absolutely dominated the USHL.” – Tony Ferrari, Dobber Prospects
- Hockey IQ
Under Construction (Improvements to Make)
- Physicality could be more consistent
Power has unlimited potential in the NHL. He will most likely become a top-pairing defenceman that can play in all situations and eat up 30 minutes of ice time a night, but he also could go the route of Byfuglien and Burns and play upfront for a while too. Basically, the sky is the limit.
Risk – 1/5, Reward – 5/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential
Offence – 7/10, Defence – 7/10
Power was named the USHL’s Defenceman of the Year and the end of the 2019-20 season, and was recently named to the NCAA (B1G)’s All-Rookie Team. He also was honoured by College Hockey News as their Rookie of the Year.
Owen Power Statistics
Matthew Zator is a THW freelance writer, editor, part-time journalist, and scout who lives and breathes Vancouver Canucks hockey, the NHL Draft, and prospects in general. He loves talking about young players and their potential. Matthew is a must-read for Canucks fans and fans of the NHL Draft and its prospects. For interview requests or content information, you can follow Matthew through his social media accounts which are listed under his photo at the conclusion of articles like this one about Tyler Motte.