On Tuesday, Team Canada got its first committed player for the men’s hockey team at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Owen Power, drafted No. At the age of 19, Owen Power, drafted No.1 by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Mississauga native defenseman was most recently a part of Canada’s 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship where he became first Canadian defenseman to score a hat-trick.
Another Chance to Impress His Country on the World Stage
Power’s first-ever World Juniors experience was cut short Three days in to the tournamentDue to COVID-19 spreading, he was shut down on December 29. He only played two games before he was shut down. However, he recorded five points, including three goals and two assists. This made him the first defenseman in the tournament, and tied for second among skaters. He scored a hat-trick in his World Juniors debut. This feat was unmatched by any Canadian defenseman.
Power was just starting an amazing tournament, so it is very disappointing that the World Juniors was cancelled. He has a new chance at the Olympic Games to amaze his country, just over a month after the cancellation. Power, the leader of the new elite Canadian defensemen, will be all eyes on him.
He joins Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team amid an incredible sophomore NCAA season with the Michigan Wolverines, with whom he has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 18 games. He will be missed by the Wolverines, but he will return in time for the postseason.
Power Has an Incredible International Hockey Résumé for His Age
Diehard fans of international men’s hockey have likely heard Power’s name before, as he was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning teamat the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. In 10 games, he had three assists. He was an 18-year old playing against full-grown men. Canada will be able to benefit from Power’s extraordinary talent.
Canada is determined to win gold at the Olympics, as it always has. Power can help lead Canada to glory, this time at the Olympic stage. He has the chance to become a two-time Gold Medalist among teenagers, something that most hockey players will never achieve. He is a must-watch player for Canadian hockey fans, and he’ll surely make his country proud, no matter the team’s fate.
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Power will likely make his Olympics debut when Canada takes on Germany in its first round of the preliminary round. Canada will play in Group A along with China, Germany, and the USA. It is sure to be a lot of fun hockey games.
Power to make NHL debut with Sabres next season
Power’s outstanding play with Michigan and Canada could soon lead to his NHL debut with the Sabres. Power’s debut in the major league was discussed ahead of the 2021-22 NHL seasons. Power and Sabres general manger Kevyn Adam decided that it was best for him to return to Michigan for another season. This decision has been a huge success.
“[The NHL] is a tough league, so I think the one mistake we don’t want to make is putting someone in a position that they’re just treading water,” Adams said ESPN. “We want them to be ready to play.”
Power is making big strides for both the Wolverines as well as his country, Canada. He’s enjoying incredible opportunities that he wouldn’t have had if he was in the NHL in 2021-22. You can see why he was undecided about his future. As he continues building confidence and breaking records, expect him to don the Sabres’ royal blue and gold in the near future, likely for Buffalo’s opening game of the 2022-23 season.
Tom Pepper hosts The Hockey Writers PodcastEvery weekday, Monday through Friday on iHeartRadio. He writes NHL columns for the Buffalo Sabres (Mon. to Wed. and Friday) and Seattle Kraken(Tues. & Thurs.). He lives in Toronto and frequently drives the Queen Elizabeth Way to cheer on the Sabres at KeyBank Center.