Owen Power likely to go first overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft

Owen Power likely to go first overall (University of Michigan)

Owen Power is likely to go first overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft based on Central Scouting’s rankings. The 6-6, 213 lbs blue-liner notched 16 points as a rookie with Michigan in the NCAA. He’s currently with Team Canada at the World Championships at the tender age of 18.

Owen Power likely to go first overall

“I think any kid that plays hockey also wants to go No. 1 if they can, so everyone dreams about it,” Power said via NHL.com. “Obviously it’d be a huge honor to me and my family, and we’d be really excited, but at the end of the day that’s also something I can’t really control.”

Power is a huge defenseman that can play both ends of the ice extremely well, but is he a clear cut choice for first overall? Dan Marr of Central Scouting thinks so.

“Owen Power is at the top of this draft class as he is the best at his position,” Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said. “His game presence displayed NHL skills and attributes and his game continued to mature and impact throughout the season.”

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Center, Mason McTavish and winger, William Eklund may beg to differ. Marr ranks McTavish at two for North American skaters while Goran Stubb places Eklund at one for Europeans. Earlier this season, Matthew Beniers was another centerman that had some thinking first overall too. However, this has been a difficult season in ranking prospects due to the inability to travel and being forced to judge many players via video.

Central Scouting Ranks

Here are your Top 5 North American skaters:

  • Owen Power (D, NCAA)
  • Mason McTavish (C, OHL)
  • Kent Johnson (C, NCAA)
  • Luke Hughes (D, NTDP)
  • Dylan Guenther (RW, WHL)

Full N.A. Rankings here.

Here are your Top 5 European skaters:

  • William Eklund (LW, Sweden)
  • Simon Edvinsson (D, Sweden)
  • Aatu Raty (C, Finland)
  • Nikita Chibrikov (RW, Russia)
  • Fedor Svechkov (C, Russia)

Full Euro Rankings here.

The NHL Draft Lottery takes place on June 2nd and the NHL Draft will be on July 23-24.