And all signs point to the No. 1 overall pick making his Buffalo Sabres debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs next Tuesday.
Power, who is from Mississauga, Ont., had his college season ended on Thursday when the Michigan Wolverines lost 3-2 in overtime to Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal. A day later, the 19-year-old signed a three-year entry level contract with the rebuilding Sabres.
The Sabres already have been eliminated from the playoffs for a NHL-record 11th straight season. But with Power part of the up-and-coming core, the future is starting to look bright.
Buffalo played against the Florida Panthers on Friday, and next faces the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. But you can probably expect that the team will give the 6-foot-6, 212-pound defenceman some time to practice with his new team and get acclimated — as well as some much-needed rest after what has been a whirlwind year for him.