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Notes From Day 1 Of The NHL Draft

NEW YORK (July 23, 2021) -- Following are notes from the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, held virtually Friday night. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 (NHL Network, Sportsnet, SN NOW).

SABRES SELECT OWEN POWER WITH FIRST OVERALL PICK

The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power first overall. The 6-6, 213 lb. Mississauga, Ont., native was the No. 1-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Power recorded 3-13—16 in 26 games with the Wolverines during his freshman season in 2020-21.

Buffalo selected first overall for the fourth time in franchise history: Gilbert Perreault (No. 1 in 1970) was the first-ever draft pick in Sabres history and still holds franchise records for games played, goals, assists and points; Pierre Turgeon (No. 1 in 1987) ranks seventh in career points by a first overall pick (515-812—1,327); and Rasmus Dahlin (No. 1 in 2018) has led Buffalo blueliners in points in each of his first three NHL campaigns.


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