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Daily Brews: Presumptive No. 1 pick Owen Power leaning towards return to Michigan

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If Owen Power returns, the Wolverines could be in the national title conversation next season.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: MAR 03 Wisconsin at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Leading up to next month’s NHL Draft, Michigan defenseman Owen Power has established himself as the presumptive No. 1 overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 213-pound freshman posted three goals and 13 assists across 26 games this past season en route to a second team All-Big Ten selection.

But Power’s freshman season was anything but normal. The pandemic prevented him from a conventional college experience, while the Wolverines were removed from the NCAA Tournament before the puck even dropped due to a positive COVID-19 test.

For that reason, he’s not just entertaining the idea of returning to Ann Arbor for a second season — he’s favoring it.

“I think right now I’m probably leaning more towards going back to school,” Power said during a Friday appearance on NHL Now. “It’s something I’d like to do to try and get the true experience of playing college hockey, but at the end of the day, it obviously depends on what the team wants and what everyone around me thinks is best. I don’t think there’s really a bad option, but I would say I’m probably leaning a bit more towards going back to school right now.”

Regardless of Power’s decision, his draft stock will likely remain the same. Even if he returns to school next season, the NHL organization that selects him would own his draft rights for 30 days after he leaves college and turns professional.

The talented defenseman spent the early stages of the college offseason competing at the IIHF World Championships for Team Canada, where he posted three assists in 10 games as Canada took home gold. If Power remains in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines would enter next season as a national championship contender.

Michigan offers scholarship to transfer WR Daylen Baldwin

When former Jacksonville State wide receiver and Michigan native Daylen Baldwin popped up in the transfer portal, the fit in Ann Arbor seemed to make perfect sense. He hauled in 25 passes for 520 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020, establishing himself as one of the SWAC’s most dangerous pass-catchers.

The Wolverines lost Giles Jackson (Washington) to the portal earlier this offseason, while Xavier Worthy (Texas) was granted a release from his letter of intent before arriving on campus. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Baldwin would bring a long frame to Michigan’s wide receivers room while adding valuable depth.

According to The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb ($), Baldwin visited campus this week and earned a scholarship offer from the Wolverines on Friday. Ohio State offered Baldwin on Thursday, and this will be a race to watch closely in the coming days.

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