Montreal Canadiens: Ranking Past 10 First Overall NHL Draft Picks

June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nail Yakupov Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nail Yakupov Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 12, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Owen Power. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Owen Power. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

8. Owen Power

Like mentioned above, it is a little early to rank Owen Power on a list with players nine years older than him. It has been less than a year since he was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and he stayed another season in college hockey in 2021-22.

While his NHL experience is limited, he has certainly done everything right to show the hockey world that he is worthy of the distinction of being picked first overall. He also has all the tools and potential to climb this prestigious list in the coming years.

Power played an additional season of NCAA with Michigan after being drafted and was phenomenal. He scored 32 points in 33 games as a defenceman, and was a rock defensively, every bit as physical and dominant as his 6’6″ and 214 pound frame would suggest.

Power played eight games late in the season for the Sabres and scored two goals and three points. He literally has all the tools to be the next Chris Pronger and fans will look back at the 2021 NHL Draft as a big reason the Sabres finally got out of their decade long funk.

If Wright can look half as good a year from now as Power looks today, the Canadiens will have hit a home run.