2021 NHL Draft: Who Is Owen Power?

Although the 2021 NHL Draft remains months away, Chicago Steel defenceman Owen Power has already garnered a great deal of attention. Read why Power will challenge to be selected first overall in the 2021 NHL Draft, here!

Although the 2020 NHL Draft has been pushed back due to the ever-changing circumstances revolving the COVID-19 pandemic, this hasn’t stopped many throughout the world of hockey from discussing one of the top prospects eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. Sure, the event remains months away from occurring, however this hasn’t had an affect on the chatter revolving Owen Power — a towering young defender widely projected to challenge for the distinction of being chosen first overall in an NHL Draft.

Yet, with this being said, just who is Power and why is receiving such high praise at the tender age of 17-years-old? Well, in order to answer this question, let’s delve into Power’s playing past — doing so will allow us to piece together how he has become the dominant force which he is today.

A History of Dominance

It should come as no surprise to learn that Power has been dominating his peers for quite some time. A product of the GTHL and the Mississauga Reps’ organization, Power skated for the Reps for the majority of his minor hockey career and was quick to set himself apart from his competition. In his season of eligibility for the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, Power captained the Reps to a 22-4-7 regular season record — a mark which stood as the second best in the GTHL. As a result, Power and the Reps were able to embark upon a fairly successful postseason campaign. Although they ultimately fell to the Toronto Marlboros in the final round of the GTHL Playoffs, the Reps moved onto the 2018 OHL Cup and put forth an impressive showing — Power would record a goal and two assists during the event.

As a direct result of his steady play, the Flint Firebirds nabbed Power with the 22nd overall selection in the 2018 Priority Selection — a slot much lower than many had predicted, as there were rumblings Power could opt to follow the USHL and NCAA route. Not surprisingly Power was chosen by the Chicago Steel in the 2018 USHL Futures Draft roughly a month later, a choice which essentially cemented Power’s move to the United States given he was the third player chosen in the event.

So, come the 2019-20 campaign, Power took his talents to the USHL and the Steel. To no one’s surprise Power made an immediate impact, stabilizing the Steel in their defensive end while helping to fuel their offensive attack in turn. By the time COVID-19 reared its ugly head and forced the cancellation of the USHL season, Power had collected 12 goals and 40 points across his 45 regular season games played as a rookie — an output which illustrated Power’s ability to transition to a higher difficulty of play without issue. In the process, Power had put the USHL and the hockey world as a whole on notice. In fact, not only was he named as a First-Team All Star but Power was also chosen as the USHL’s Defenceman of the Year — joining the likes of Neil Pionk, Brandon Montour and John Moore as recent recipient’s of the distinction.

A Powerful Scouting Report

As we’ve seen, Power has a glaring track record of success and has only continued to strengthen his respective game with each passing season. Yet, what does Power bring to the ice which makes him such a dominant force in today’s game, you ask?

Well, for Power, his game revolves largely around his size and physicality. At the age of just 17-years, Power already stands 6-foot-5 and tips the scale at 210-pounds — an impressive frame for a player of his age. This fortunate frame has allowed Power to dominate less physically mature opponents everywhere he has played and has unquestionably allowed him to thrive and develop with a much greater level of consistency than his peers. However, Power is far more than simply a big body, as the native of Mississauga, Ontario has honed his physicality and developed an understanding of how to use it as a part of his much larger skill set on the ice. Rather than attempting to rag-doll his opponents, Power is calculative and precise with his physical exertion — opting to separate attackers from the puck in order to gain possession for his team.

Owen Power of the GTHL's Mississauga Reps. (Photo Credit: Aaron Bell, OHL Images)
Power, competing as a member of the GTHL’s Mississauga Reps. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Moreover, Power is a smooth-skating and fleet-footed defenceman despite his size. Unlike many hulking defenders who sacrifice foot-speed for strength, Power has come to boast the best of both attributes and can take his opposition by surprise as a result. Rarely beaten to pucks within his own zone and no slouch when it comes to joining the rush, Power can accelerate to his top speed relatively quickly and is downright difficult to stop once he builds a significant amount of momentum passing through the neutral zone. Perhaps the area of the ice where Power’s agility is most notable comes below his own goal line — Power can stick with and smother opposing forwards with ease and out-race them to loose pucks as they occur.

Where Power’s game has grown the most in recent years comes in the offensive zone. While he appeared somewhat hesitant to shoot the puck during his U16 season with the Reps, Power has worked on his shot and improved it dramatically — as was abundantly clear during his rookie USHL campaign with the Steel. More confident in his shot and release, Power routinely displayed the ability to put the puck on net from the blue line with poise, velocity and consistency. Capable of creating shooting lanes and finding seams to the net, Power has developed into a versatile threat from the back-end owing to his ability to shoot the puck as well as play-make.

Perhaps the most important facets of Power’s game are his on-ice intelligence and composure with the puck, as these abilities are what truly set Power apart from his competition on a nightly basis. While most players often make accurate decisions with the puck, Power routinely makes calculated and precise decisions on the ice — and with a level of consistency which stands far above his peers. This level of on-ice intelligence allows Power to out-think and out-smart his opponents each time he takes to the ice, as the youngster scarcely makes mistakes and displays the ability to control and distribute the puck with absolute confidence and absolute ease.

What Lays Ahead?

For Power, his future in the game of hockey is exceedingly bright.

Provided the 2020-21 NCAA season will take place despite COVID-19, Power is slated to suit up for the University of Michigan — a school which has had an immense amount of success of late with respect to drawing high-end NHL prospects. Among these notable commitments poised to play alongside Power is Brendan Brisson — a teammate of Power’s with the Steel this past season who is currently projected to be chosen in the second-round of the 2020 NHL Draft. However, when the time comes for Power to walk across the NHL Draft stage, many are predicting that the youngster will be amongst the first few players selected in the 2021 event.

The fact that Power could become one of the NHL’s next top-defenders goes without saying — a sentiment which was echoed by Craig Button of TSN late last year as he forecasted the prospect class eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. In Button’s early look at the 2021 class, he projected Power to be chosen second overall behind Finish-born sensation Aatu Raty — a reality which would see Power be the first defenceman selected in the Draft. Although Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts and future University of Michigan teammate Luke Hughes will certainly challenge Power for the distinction, the youngster’s raw power, intelligence, and ability to thrive at both ends of the ice could prove far too lucrative for NHL organizations to pass upon.


NHL Prospect Profile: Bobby Brink

Bobby Brink of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers has quickly developed into a highly promising winger eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. Although of smaller stature, Brink boasts a booming shot and innate playmaking abilities.

– Bobby Brink –

Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) | Right-Wing| 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Excelsior, Minnesota| Jul. 8th, 2001 | 5-foot-10, 165-pounds

The United States Hockey League has quickly become a steady producer of elite NHL prospects, as the likes of Andrei Svechnikov, Quinn Hughes, Casey Mittelstadt, and Eeli Tolvanen have all graduated from the circuit of late.

Next in line to make the jump to the NHL level is surely Bobby Brink — a diminutive yet devastating offensive player who has come to be defined by his purposeful stride and natural offensive instincts. Currently in the midst of his first USHL campaign with the Sioux City Musketeers, Brink has continued to prove that size is no longer a significant factor in elite hockey.


  • Vision and Creativity
  • Shot Release and Power
  • Hockey Sense and Intelligence

The most impressive facet of Brink’s game — and that which drives his overall production — is the youngster’s ability to interpret the ice and move the puck within it. Boasting eyes in the back of his head at times, Brink is an exceptional passer who can saucer the puck through traffic of find a teammate for a back-door tap in.

As a result of his tremendous passing abilities, opponents are forced to provide Brink with time and space — a mistake which often allows the native of Excelsior, Minnesota to turn and rip the puck on net. Boasting a quick and effective release, Brink can fire the puck on net in the blink of an eye and also features a one-timer which is downright lethal on the power play.

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Essentially, Brink is an extremely well-rounded prospect who plays a creative yet responsible style of game. Capable of passing or shooting the puck, opponents are forced to respect Brink’s abilities and, in doing so, provide him with greater time to process his options. Not one to turnover the puck and rush into mistakes, Brink is a capable two-way force who will only be aided by greater personal strength in the years ahead.

Areas of Improvement:

  • Personal Strength
  • First-Step Explosiveness

Checking in at 5-foot-10 and 165-pounds, it goes without saying that Brink is not a physically intimidating player by any means. However, as mentioned above, Brink does not let his smaller stature affect his game — the youngster consistently stands as one of the most lethal players on the ice. However, in the years ahead, Brink would do well to add greater muscle to his frame — especially so to his lower body in order to better protect the puck.

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Tied hand in hand with Brink’s personal strength is his first step acceleration. Although he is a more than capable skater, greater strength would allow Brink to reach top speed in fewer strides — an ability which would afford him with an extra step above his competition.


Outside of these two particular areas, Brink does not need to improve his game in a drastic fashion. As a complete two-way player whose play only continued to strengthen throughout the 2018-19 campaign, Brink should have little issue adapting to the NCAA-level, where he is committed to play for the University of Denver in two season’s time.

Future Potential:

Come the 2019 NHL Draft, don’t expect to hear Brink’s name called outside of the first round.

Although the needs of each and every NHL franchise will alter where Brink is ultimately selected, the youngster has proven himself as a consistent offensive producer and one far too valuable to let slip into the second round or beyond. And, although his size and strength remain a work in progress, Brink’s overall skill-set is far too lethal and promising to overlook.

NHL Prospect Profile: Trevor Zegras

Trevor Zegras is a skillful, two-way center who plays a responsible game at both ends of the ice. He chips in offensively as well and has excellent hockey sense. Zegras projects as a late first round pick.

– Trevor Zegras –

USA Hockey’s NTDP | Center | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Bedford, New York, USA | March 20, 2001 | 5-foot-11, 159-pounds

Trevor Zegras fell into the shadows of the NTDP’s superior centers, Jack Hughes and Alex Turcotte, for the first half of the ’17-18 season. However, once those two were promoted to the U18 squad, Zegras took over as the team’s number one center and proved that he is more than capable to lead a team’s offence.

Zegras put up 20 goals and 59 points in 56 games as a member of the U17 squad last year, but perhaps most impressively was his ability to lock down the defensive side of the game as well. Zegras became trusted to play in all situations and quickly became the team’s leader on and off the ice for the second half.


  • Hockey Sense
  • Playmaking
  • Two-Way Game

Trevor Zegras plays a smart, two-way game. He reads the ice incredibly well and never lacks the necessary effort in the defensive zone to recapture possession of the puck, or at the very least, to eliminate passing and shooting lanes. More of a playmaker than a shooter, Zegras utilizes his vision to find teammates through minuscule seams.

With that said, he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and can certainly beat goaltenders on shots through traffic or in tight. What coaches will love most about Zegras though is his consistent two-way play. He never gives up on the puck and backchecks deep into the defensive zone to help out his defencemen. He’s also become reliable in the faceoff circle, especially on the penalty kill.


  • Aggression and Physicality

One area where Zegras may be lacking is with his current size. At just 159-pounds, Zegras doesn’t yet have the strength to play at upper levels. As a two-way center, it will be crucial for him to add some muscle in order to stand up against larger and stronger opponents in puck battles as well as in boxing opponents out.

Zegras also tends to shy away from the physical play and tends to lose out on part of his offensive potential as a result. If he is able to work on his strength and aggression on the puck, Zegras would be capable of being a top-flight prospect for the upcoming draft, and in the conversation with the top centermen.

Future Potential:

Trevor Zegras projects to be a second-line center at the NHL level. He possesses an elite level of hockey sense and is a tremendous playmaker. He can thread passes through passes and reads the ice well in order to find passing lanes that no one else sees. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Zegras forecasts as a late first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft.

NHL Prospect Profile: Cam York

Cam York is a reliable, two-way defenceman who can be trusted to play in all situations. As showcased by two strong international performances, York is one of the top defenders for the 2019 NHL Draft.

– Cam York –

USA Hockey’s NTDP | Left Defence | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Anaheim Hills, California, USA | January 5, 2001 | 5-foot-11, 165-pounds

Cam York is a mobile, smooth skating defenceman who can make a difference at both ends of the ice. A member of USA Hockey’s NTDP, York added eight goals and 38 points in 59 games in ’17-18, split between the U17 and U18 teams. He also earned considerable international experience at both the IIHF U17 and U18 Championships.

York’s success stems from an impressive mind which can foresee developing situations as they occur on the ice. This ability allows York to remain calm and poised under pressure. He is exemplary in pivoting and skating his way into safe spaces which create time and space for both himself and his teammates. York is committed to Boston College for the 2019-20 season.


  • Hockey Sense
  • Skating
  • Transition Game

York understands how to provide benefits for his team at all areas of the rink. He is a quick thinker and an excellent decision-maker, both away from the puck with his positioning, as well as with the puck. He is a smooth skater who has the confidence to rush the puck when it is safe to do so, or to make a two-line, tape-to-tape pass.

Cam York’s combination of skating and smarts make him a valuable two-way defenceman who can chip in offensively, especially on the power play. Photo Credit – Rena Laverty and USA Hockey’s NTDP.

York’s transition game may indeed be his greatest strength, as he utilizes his decision-making prowess along with his skating ability to make a smart play each time, whether that be a chip out off the glass, or to rush the puck through the neutral zone himself. York has potential offensive upside thanks to his passing capabilities and his capacity to set-up and organize a power play.


  • Size and Strength

York is clearly a relatively small defenceman, but he does have room to fill out his 5-foot-11 frame. At this time, he is sometime unable to engage in the physical side of the game. He may lose a board battle or fail to box out an opposing winger, and will very rarely throw a check that separates player from puck.

While York’s mind can often make up for what he lacks in size, this will remain a topic of concern amongst NHL scouts. Whether or not he is able to line up against bigger and stronger NHL opponents remains to be seen, but for now, York could help himself dramatically by putting a few extra hours in the weight room.

Future Potential:

Cam York currently projects to be a top-four defenceman at the NHL level. He is an all-around, mobile defender who reads the game exceptionally well and can skate his way out of trouble with ease. He also has potential offensive upside, most notably from his ability to quarterback his team’s power play. Heading into the ’18-19 season, York appears to be a potential first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft, likely in the latter stages of the round.

NHL Prospect Profile: Cole Caufield

Cole Caufield is the little engine who could, and that engine never wears down. Caufield potted 54 goals in 59 goals for the NTDP in ’17-18, and should be a unanimous top-20 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.

– Cole Caufield –

USA Hockey’s NTDP | Right Wing/Center | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Mosinee, Wisconsin, USA | January 2, 2001 | 5-foot-6, 154-pounds

Yes, Cole Caufield stands at just 5-foot-6, but he plays the game without any fear and rarely ever lets his size be a disadvantage to his exemplary talents. The Wisconsin native played a large portion of the 2017-18 season alongside Jack Hughes and Matthew Boldy, en route to scoring 54 goals in just 59 games between the U17 and U18 teams. That mark sits just one goal shy of the record set by Auston Matthews in 2014-15.

Caufield sports a natural goal-scoring instinct, incapsulating a wicked release, creative hands, and the knack to be in the right place at the right time. He doesn’t shy away from the physical game despite his size, even throwing a couple of notable hits himself. Caufield plays each shift with a determination to help his team win, and often does so by filling the back of the net.


  • Shot
  • Competitiveness
  • Puck Skills

Cole Caufield greatest strength is undoubtedly his ability to pinch the twine. He boasts an electric release and pin-point accuracy, allowing him to beat goaltenders one-on-one with general ease. He also has the vision to read where the soft spots on the ice are going to be and the ability to quietly slip in behind defencemen to find himself time and space.

Cole Caufield has adapted some elite level celebrations as well, a result of finding the back of the net 54 times last season. Photo Credit – Rena Laverty and USA Hockey’s NTDP.

Caufield plays each shift like it’s his last, showcasing a passion and effort level that is second-to-none, often broadcasted through his exuberant celebrations. He has very quick and creative hands which allow him to make defenders and goalies alike look silly. Caufield is simply an elite goal-scorer who can turn a game on its head with a flick of his wrists.


  • Defensive Awareness

Away from the flashy offensive abilities, Caufield has room to improve in the defensive zone. He sometimes gets lost or chases the puck a little too far in his own zone, and can be caught visibly thinking about transitioning to offence before his team has secured possession of the puck.

Spending the majority of his time as a winger, this aspect has less of an impact than it would if he played center. With that said, it remains an area in which Caufield could improve his all-around, 200-foot game in order to convince NHL scouts to have full confidence in his talents at both ends of the rink.

Future Potential:

Cole Caufield projects to be a top-six winger at the NHL level. He is an elite goal-scorer who has the potential to put up 40 goals in his prime. Caufield has an engine that never stops and a passion for the game that shines bright every shift. Caufield plays a very comparable game to Alex DeBrincat of the Chicago Blackhawks. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Caufield should be a Top-20 pick for the 2019 NHL Draft, so long as GMs don’t make the mistake of passing him over for his size.

NHL Prospect Profile: Matthew Boldy

Matthew Boldy quietly led the NTDP U17 team in scoring in ’17-18 with an intriguing combination of scoring prowess, playmaking abilities, and reliable two-way play. He currently projects as a 1st round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft.

– Matthew Boldy –

USA Hockey’s NTDP | Left Wing | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Millis, Massachusetts , USA | April 5, 2001 | 6-foot, 174-pounds

Matthew Boldy quietly had a very impressive season for the NTDP in 2016-17, playing to a point-per-game clip in the USHL as well as adding 29 goals and 76 points in 61 games with the U17 team. He spent plenty of time playing alongside Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield, an indicator of his high-end offensive abilities.

Aside from the offensive totals, Boldy is also a very responsible two-way winger. He makes an noticeable effort to back-check in order to reduce odd-man rushes against and battles hard in his own end to regain puck possession. Boldy has a solid sense of the game and can make strong passes to set up teammates for scoring chances. He had a strong showing at the IIHF U17 Championships as well, registering three goals and nine points in six games.


  • Scoring Ability
  • Skating
  • Two-Way Game

Matthew Boldy is an intriguing prospect whose 2018-19 season will strongly dictate his draft rankings. As a result of lining up beside Hughes and Caufield, some are doubtful of his numbers and individual abilities. However, Boldy earned his spot of NTDP’s top line with a combination of imperative traits. He is a terrific skater who is agile with the puck and has above-average top speed.

Boldy has strong vision of the ice and can read plays to open himself up in quiet areas. He’s also a highly competitive player who isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas to generate offence. Boldy showcased a strong release with good accuracy and has some untapped goal-scoring upside. He is also a reliable, 200-foot winger who treats offence and defence equally. A good competitor with strong hockey sense, Boldy could be an underrated prospect for 2019.


  • Puck Skills

If Boldy is hoping to become a more dynamic and electrifying forward in ’18-19, he should focus on improving his puck skills. Boldy has good hands, but it is a trait that he fails to set himself apart with. He could certainly benefit from some extra creativity and abilities to maneuver through opponents in tight spaces.

A Boston College commit for 2019-20, Boldy must improve upon both the power of his shot and his capabilities to undress defencemen if he wants to prove that he has first-line potential at the NHL level.

Future Potential:

Matthew Boldy currently projects as a top-six winger at the NHL level. He plays an effective two-way style and has great offensive instincts. He is a smooth skater who goes to the right spots on the ice and has promising playmaking potential we well. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Boldy looks like a first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft, perhaps in the 20-25th overall range.