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Final Draft Ranking By Bob McKenzie

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The reality was that Owen Power was on course and highly likely to maintain No. 1 prospect status for the 2021 NHL draft, but his performance at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in May sealed the deal in no uncertain terms.

Playing against men – and some of the top professional players in the world – the 18-year-old, 6-foot-6 University of Michigan freshman defenceman from Mississauga, Ont., was a top-pairing force, playing big minutes for Team Canada en route to the gold medal.

So, it was no surprise that — just as they did in TSN’s mid-season rankings in April — 10 out of 10 NHL scouts surveyed ranked Power No. 1 on TSN’s Final 2021 NHL Draft Rankings.

It was unanimous, obvious and fully deserving.

“If there was any debate who the No. 1 prospect was, and I’m not sure there was, but if you were looking to create or engage in a ‘Who’s No. 1’ debate, [Power] ended that at the Worlds,” said one NHL head scout.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

McKenzie has Hughes listed at #8. If he’s still available when the Wings pick at #6, I’d be pretty surprised if Yzerman didn’t take him. He’s going to the U of M, he’s a lefthand D, and he’d be ready about the time the Wings are ready to start making the playoffs.

The question for me is, can Yzerman move up enough to take Cossa (if he indeed goes at #15)? In a little over four days, we’ll know.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/19/21 at 02:27 PM ET

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