Erie Otters prospect Sean Power has a name fitting for a physical defenseman.
Drafted in the fifth round of May’s OHL Priority Selection, Sean Power will hope to make a name for himself in the future for the Otters.
Power began skating at the age of three, when his mother put him in “Learn to Skate” classes. Two years later, his father enrolled Sean in a house league.
During the first few years of his career, Power rotated between forward and defense each season. He made the permanent switch to defense on the suggestion of a coach.
“I was switching between defense and forward so I could find out what position I liked better,” Power said. “Then one of my coaches told my dad that he’d never have me at forward, and that was my hint to stick to defense. I like playing defense, since I’m better there than I was at forward.”
Over the years, Power has used his size (listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds) to his advantage and developed a reputation as a solid stay-at-home defenseman in his age group.
Last season with the Markham Majors, Power had a goal and 17 assists in 58 games. He served as the team’s assistant captain and was a key part of the penalty kill. The Majors have produced NHL players such as P.K. Subban, Dominic Moore and Raffi Torres.
Above all, Power enjoys playing a physical game.
“I like to play a really aggressive game,” Power said. “I try not to give my opponents too much time. I like to stay at home. I’m not very flashy but I’m a good passer and I like to move the puck out of my end. I like to deliver big hits.”
Power lists his favorite player as Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Luke Schenn, which is no surprise consider that’s Power self-scouting report could also describe the young Leafs defenseman.
One day, Power will hope to be delivering those hits in an Otters uniform. Before getting drafted, he didn’t know much about the organization, but quickly warmed to the idea of being a part of the Otters family.
“When I went down (for the Otters Summer Awards Banquet),” Power said. “Everyone was so kind and it was awesome. You get treated really well by the Otters organization.”
Although his game is primarily focused on defense, Power is developing other skills to better his chances of playing for the Otters in the future.
“I’ve been working out every day and trying to gain some weight,” Power said. “I’ve been training with Coach (Lorne) Rappaport at Edge (a hockey academy in Pickering, Ont.) for some on-ice sessions. I’m developing my offensive game so I can help out in the future.”
Although there are spots open in the lineup on defense, Power is very realistic about his chances of making the team. Though he knows that hard work can make the decision difficult for the coaching staff.
“My goal is to make the team, obviously,” Power said. “If not, I can play on a good junior team this upcoming season and get bigger, faster and stronger. Hopefully, I can make it this year.”