Blankenburg, Johnson, Power Sign Professional Contracts

Blankenburg, Johnson, Power Sign Professional Contracts

8/4/2022 15:09:00

// Kristy McNeil

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Three University of Michigan hockey players, Nick Blankenburg, Kent Johnson and Owen Power have signed professional contracts, announced their respective organizations on Friday (April 8).

Blankenburg signs one-year deal with Columbus Blue Jackets

Senior Captain Nick Blankenburg from the University of Michigan hockey team has signed a one-year entry-level contract for the remainder of the 2021-22 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Blankenburg led the Wolverines to the 2022 NCAA Frozen Four and Big Ten Tournament Championship. He had a career offensive season with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points and was named to honorable mention throughout the conference. Blankenburg’s 14 goals broke the Michigan program record for goals in a single season by a senior defender. Together with first-year students Luke Hughes, paired the first two defenders to reach double-digit goals since the 2005-06 season. In addition, Blankenburg was number two on the team in blocked shots with 47 and was a +17.

During his four-year Michigan career, Blankenburg played 133 games, scoring 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points. He finished +52 with 10 power-play goals and three battle-winning goals. A three-time honorary mention of the All-Big Ten selection, Blankeburg was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. A native of Washington, Mich., Blankenburg was a finalist for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award.

He joins fellow Wolverine Zach Werenski in Columbus on Monday.

Blankenburg, Nick

Nick Blankenburg (Michigan Photography)

Johnson signs three-year ELC with Columbus

Sophomore forward Kent Johnson has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus’ fifth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Johnson spent two seasons at Ann Arbor as an electrifying striker. Johnson, known for his creative flair, scored eight goals and added 29 assists last season for 37 points in 32 games. He finished in fourth place in the nation in assists per. match and became number 16 in points per. match. He scored four battle-winning goals, four power-play goals and a short-handed goal and finished with +25. An honorable mention of the All-Big Ten selection for the second season in a row, he also achieved Academic All-Big Ten honors.

During his freshman year, Johnson was named the Big Ten All-Freshman team, while finishing second on the team with 27 points on nine goals and 17 assists in 26 games. He was third in the nation with rookie points per. match.

He finishes his time at Maize & Blue with 64 points in 58 games, scoring 17 goals and 47 assists with a rating of +41.

Internationally, Johnson was a key member of the Canadian World Junior team before the tournament ended due to COVID-19. Months later, in the midst of a strong second campaign, Johnson was invited by Hockey Canada to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Although originally intended to be an alternative, he appeared in every game for the Canadians and finished as a point-per-game player with one goal and four assists with a +4 rating in five games.

He will join other Wolverines Zach Werenski and Nick Blankenburg in Columbus Monday.

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Kent Johnson (Michigan Photography)

Nr. 1 Total Draft Pick Power on the way to Buffalo

Sophomore defender Owen Powerthe overall No. 1 in 2021 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabers, the team announced Friday (April 8).

In a stellar career of 59 games with Wolverines, Power scored six goals and 42 assists to 48 points along with a rating of +46.

This season, Power was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection as well as a finalist for the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award. The native Mississauga, Ontario was named to the NCAA All-Region Team last week as he counted four assists in the regional finals, second most assistants of a Wolverine in an NCAA tournament game. An academic All-Big Ten selection, he led the nation’s defender in points per. match before leaving for the Olympics. He finished in fifth place in the nation in assists per. match and was third among defenders in points per. match.

In his freshman campaign, after being named the conference’s all-rounder, Power was named College Hockey News freshman of the year. He played in all 26 games and had three goals and 13 assists.

As the first Wolverine ever to become the first overall in the NHL Draft, Power has had an incredible international career. The native Mississauga, Ontario won a gold medal at the World Cup in 2021 and collected three assists in 10 games while being named player of the game vs. ROC. He made history in January as the first defender in Canada’s history to make a hat-trick in the Junior World Cup. Two months later at the Olympics, Power Canada led in time on ice, with an average of 21:38 per. match, and had 10 shots on goal and an assist.

The Sabers have three games left on their current road trip: Friday in Florida, Sunday in Tampa Bay and Tuesday in Toronto. Buffalo’s next home game is Thursday against St. Louis.

Power, Owen

Owen Power (Michigan Photography)

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