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Kevin’s Morning Hash: Wolverines star stays in school, not going to Buffalo

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Michigan defenseman Owen Power projects to be theNo. 1 pick to Buffalo in the 2021 NHL draft
NHL's No. 1 draft pick, defenseman Owen Power, is returning to the University of Michigan, rather than play for Buffalo this season

The Buffalo News is reporting defenseman Owen Power, the No. 1 pick in the recent NHL draft, has made it official that he is returning to play at the  University of Michigan next season.

Power, picked by the Sabres, had previously said he was leaning toward staying in school. The Michigan team has the talent to compete for a national championship.  Matty Benier (No. 2, Seattle Kraken) and Kent Johnson (No. 5, Columbus Blue Jackets) are also expected to return to the Wolverines.

The last time a No. 1 pick didn’t immediately join his NHL team was 2006 when Erik Johnson went back to the University of MInnesota rather than sign with the St. Louis Blues. The Sabres are expected to be among the league’s worst teams this season.

 

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