Owen Power is ‘better than people think’

Ryan Hardy: Owen Power is ‘much better than individuals believe’ initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago Steel have actually ended up being a powerhouse at the USHL level, and they showed it yet once again by winning the Clark Cup in Might. They continue to stock elite skill and have 9 gamers qualified for the 2021 NHL Draft, 2 of which might enter the preliminary.

Which’s not even consisting of defenseman Owen Power, who’s a Steel alum that’s forecasted to go No. 1 overall.

Steel GM Ryan Hardy, who was just recently called USHL GM of the Year, signed up with the most recent episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast to go over simply how excellent Power can be in the NHL.

“I think he’s better than people think that he is,” Hardy stated. “I hear a lot about how there’s no generational player in this draft. Owen Power is special. You could see it at the Worlds. There’s a bunch of NHL players, USA plays Canada and this one guy, 18-year-old defenseman, just looks a little bit different than everybody else, you know?

“What makes him so unique is his frame of mind. He’s a modest kid, he wishes to be fantastic, he gets knocked on that he’s not excessively physical or whatever the case might be however he’s very, very competitive, burns real deep in him, he wishes to be an excellent gamer, he likes to be coached, he likes to find out and he’s an excellent individual.”

“So if the Buffalo Sabres shoot there, I believe he’s the type of person that you believe you understand what you’re getting, you believe you might see it since a great deal of it is apparent and after that he’s on your group and you resemble, ‘Wow, this is a lot more than I ever understood.’ You consider a group that remains in a crossroads culturally and simply aiming to get this thing relocating the best instructions and I believe if you construct around a man like Owen Power, similar to it took place in Chicago 15 years back, it’s the example that can alter your fortunes in a rush.”

Victor Hedman is an obvious NHL comparable for Power, given the size and the type of defenseman they both are. Seth Jones is another name Hardy threw out as a potential ceiling. And he’s not afraid to put those kinds of expectations on the young kid.

“I in fact do not believe it’s putting an unjust bullseye on his back,” Hardy said. “Victor Hedman is up the Norris Prize all the time and I believe Owen Power will be up for the Norris Prize all the time. I truly do not avoid how excellent I believe he is. We have numerous of these excellent gamers, I have actually never ever truly tossed around hyperbolic declarations, however he’s that excellent. He’s unique. And it’s going to be remarkable to see him grow and see him as an NHL gamer and simply continue to improve and what he can achieve.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.