The day has come, the 2021 NHL Draft will take place tonight and the Buffalo Sabres hold the number one pick. In this article, I’m going to predict who the Sabres will select first overall tonight. But before I predict, let me tell you who the candidates are and what their stats are like.
The Buffalo Sabres draft… Owen Power (Defenseman)
Defenseman Owen Power from the University of Michigan is the first candidate. In this years draft, there really isn’t that consensus number one pick compared to the last few drafts but a good number of hockey analysts think he’ll go first overall. During the 2019-2020 USHL season, he scored 12 goals and registered 28 assists in 45 games played with the Chicago Steel. During the 2020-2021 season with the University of Michigan, he scored 3 goals and recorded 13 assists in 26 games played.
Matthew Beniers (Center)
Sticking with the University of Michigan, forward Matthew Beniers is another candidate who the Sabres could select first overall. While playing for the University of Michigan, Beniers scored 10 goals and recorded 14 assists in 24 games played during the 2020-2021 NCAA season. It’s definitely possible the Sabres select Beniers first overall but I feel like it all depends on what happens with Jack Eichel. I think Eichel will impact this draft but it all depends if Buffalo can get a deal done before the draft, which will take place at 8 pm.
William Eklund (Center/Left Wing)
The last candidate is forward William Eklund. During the 2020-2021 season with Djurgardens of the SHL, he scored 11 goals and registered 12 assists in 40 games played. During the last few weeks, the Swedish forward has been gaining traction to become the number one pick. Scouts, analysts, the media and fans have been taking note of him. Looking on Sabres Twitter, the fanbase is split. Some people want Power, some want Beniers and now, Eklund’s name has been brought up. It’s going to be interesting to see who general manager Kevyn Adams selects but again, I feel like it’s going to depend on what happens with Eichel.
With the First Overall Pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select….
Okay, prediction time. With the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select defenseman Owen Power. I do think Power will be the player who the Sabres select first overall. With defenseman William Borgen going to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft, I think this opens the door for the Sabres to select Power. We’ll see what happens but I have a feeling the next few hours leading up to the draft will be exciting and I do believe Power will be the newest member of the Buffalo Sabres.
All stats are credited to Elite Hockey Prospects.
(Featured image credit to Die By The Blade)
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