Meltzer's 2021 Mock Entry Draft
1. Buffalo Sabres -- Owen Power, D (University of Michigan, NCAA)
A late birthday player born on Nov. 22, 2002, Power may not quite be projected as a franchise player who becomes a prolific NHL point-getter but his combination of size, mobility and two-way upside make him the consensus first overall pick this year. It would be a surprise if any other player gets selected ahead of him.
Power is one of three University of Michigan players who are projected first-round selections this year. Beyond Power, the actual selection order come Draft Day could differ significantly on a numerical basis but the Top 10 overall appears to be fairly well defined.
2. Seattle Kraken -- William Eklund, LW/C (Djurgården, SEL)
The only traits that the 2002 late birthday (Oct. 12) forward lacks are size and strength. A dominant player at J20 level for Djurgården, he moved up full-time to the SHL level in 2020-21 and established himself as both a high-upside offensive player as well as a smart and reliable two-way player.
Eklund is an above-average skater both in a …
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