> Owen Power debuts as Sabres defeat Maple Leafs 5-2 NHL

Owen Power debuts as Sabres defeat Maple Leafs 5-2

Owen Power debuts as Sabres defeat Maple Leafs 5-2

  • Sabres
  • Maple Leafs
Apr 13
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Owen Power made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres and helped the team defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena 5-2. It was their first win after three consecutive defeats.

The defenseman was drafted first overall by the Sabres in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and was signed an entry-level contract that spans three years.

“Everyone’s been so welcoming and so nice to me,” Power shared his excitement. “They’re always trying to include me in everything. I think they’ve done a great job making it easy for me to kind of come in and adjust.”

The 19-year-old had a relatively good career in just two seasons with Michigan, scoring 48 points on six goals and 42 assists in 59 games.

The 2020 Defenseman of the Year also played in five games for Team Canada in the 2022 Beijing Olympics and had one assist and a plus-2 rating while leading Canada with 21:38 in average ice time.

The Sabres have been underperforming this season and are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a 27-37 record and 65 points, only a single point behind the fifth-ranked Detroit Red Wings.

Regardless, Sabres coach Don Granato shared his excitement about Power making his debut and was impressed seeing what the rookie has to offer.

“He’s been very intent about making himself a better hockey player and competing at a high level,” Granato said. “It’s not a player out of junior hockey that doesn’t have experience playing in huge situations. He has that. He got those because of the work he did prior. So, this is probably the final big step, making it to the National Hockey League and playing in his first game, but I think he’s well prepared for it.”

  • Owen Power

    Owen Power is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League . He played college hockey for the University of Michigan.

    wikipedia
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.

    wikipedia
  • Rasmus Dahlin

    Rasmus Dahlin is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League .

    wikipedia
  • Buffalo Sabres

    The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.

    wikipedia
Feedback