Sabres freshly signed #1 pick Owen Power skates with team

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Michigan defenseman Owen Power (22) looks to shoot the puck against Denver during the third period of the Frozen Four semifinal at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Defenseman Owen Power skated with the Buffalo Sabres for the first time on Sunday, two days after he signed a three-year, entry-level contract.

Power, the top overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft, will need a few days to get his feet wet before playing an NHL game, Sabres coach Don Granato said.

The Sabres are set to let him debut in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be pretty special,” Power said via NHL.com. “I mean I think everyone’s first game in the NHL is really special, but to have it in my hometown with all my family there is going to make it that much better.”

Owen Power skates with Sabres

The Sabres (26-36-11, 63 points), who have nine games remaining in the season, visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday before playing at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Power was born in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario.

“We’re all excited to move forward. We see this team progressing. And we see him as a big part of that progression,” Granato said, per The Buffalo News. “He’s finally here and give him a couple days to acclimate with new teammates and how we operate around here before he gets his first game.”

Power, 19, recorded 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) in 33 games with Michigan this season. The Wolverines saw their season end Thursday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the University of Denver in the Frozen Four.

He also netted a hat trick for Team Canada at the world juniors held last December, and went on to represent his country at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report