Will Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power break out and enjoy an elite season in 2023-24? Here are a few reasons why he may and why he may not.
Owen Power was one of the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL’s best rookie. Even though he didn’t win the award, it’s always cool to see a player on the Buffalo Sabres on any list.
Entering his second full NHL season, Power will be due for a contract extension soon. In the eight games he played in his first season, he scored two goals and registered one assist. Last year, he scored four goals and logged 31 assists in 79 games played.
He did take a jump last year but when it comes to 2023-24, could Power have a breakout season? It is very difficult to be a defenseman in the NHL so next season might be a reach. Look at Rasmus Dahlin for example.
it took him four years to get double digits in goals and a high assist count. I’m not saying Power is Dahlin but it goes to show you it takes time to be a star defenseman. Don’t tell that to Cale Makar though as he exploded offensively during the 2021-22 season.
Will Power become the Buffalo Sabres next elite defenseman?
But going back to Power, it’s definitely possible. Why could it happen next season? No matter where he is on the blue line pairing, he’s going to have chances to be on the ice with the Sabres best players.
Whether it’s on the power play, 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 overtime, he’s going to be surrounded by talent. I think it’s very possible he can get double digits in goals and honestly, he could very well end up with at least 50 points.
In general, I think Owen will be much better defensively. Will there be some growing pains and mishaps? Of course there will be, no one is perfect. But the fact of the matter is I expect Power to be better this season.
Will he be amazing? That is too early to tell but I think he will have a good season as he hopes to be one of the key pieces in ending the Sabres playoff drought.