Cale Makar

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of BSN Denver

Fantasy Summary

Dynamic offensive defenseman with speed, skill, and pedigree


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 30, 1998
Height 5‘11”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 4

Observations

April 2019 – It’s official! Makar has signed his ELC with the Avalanche and is poised to join the squad partway though Round 1 of the playoffs.

April 2019 – Makar has won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the best player in the NCAA. This is not a surprise given his dominant season. He has still not signed an ELC, but he is NHL-ready and extremely fantasy-worthy. Hayden Soboleski

 

March 2019 – UMass has won its first ever regular-season title thanks in no small part to captain Makar, who had a PP goal and a SH goal in the clinching game. He leads Hockey East in scoring, and is 10th among the entire NCAA. He is a favorite to win the Hobey Baker award at season’s end (but not a lock), and is 100% ready for pro hockey. However, he has shown a strong commitment to his school (he maintains a 3.5 GPA and declined to attend the Olympics) so is not guaranteed to turn pro at the end of his season. Colorado will surely try their best to lock him up as soon as possible, and if he does he will see NHL time quickly. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2018 – Makar picked up right where he left off, starting his NCAA season with 4 points in 2 games and earning Hockey East Player of the Week honors. The ball is in his court – the Avs will be trying their best to bring him to pro hockey at the end of this college season but he’s been very patient so far. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2018 – Makar has decided to return to college for another season, to build upon 21 points in 34 games as a freshman. This may be a disappointing delay for fantasy owners, but know that its on his terms and it just means he’ll be stronger and more prepared when he does make the jump. We already know he’ll be an offensive threat in the NHL, but clearly Makar feels he should be more well-rounded. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2018 – Makar has won gold as a member of Team Canada at the WJC and named to the all-tournament team. He didn’t receive top-pairing minutes, but he was electric every time he was on the ice and was named one of the top three players of the tournament. He looks ready to jump into the Avs lineup later this year if he chooses. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2017 – Makar has made Team Canada. He currently projects as a third-pairing d-man on the stacked back end, but may very well be adjusted once the tournament begins. Hayden Soboleski December 2017 – Makar is doing a good job reminding doubters that there’s more to his game than points. UMass coach Carvel has singled him out as a defenseman that has “separated himself from the rest of the group” as a top d-man who “can score, can be effective, are smart, poised, handle the puck, make good decisions and, basically, have a really positive effect in the game for us”. But since points are important – he leads the team in points from the back end with 9 in 14 games, leads the team in SOG with 45, and him and his defense partner have the highest plus/minus ratings on the squad. Makar is a fantasy stud and is a near-lock to represent Canada later this month at the World Juniors. Hayden Soboleski March 2017 – One of this year’s biggest draft ranking riser is right shot defenceman Cale Makar who plays tier II Canadian junior hockey in the AJHL. Coming from nowhere to start the season his play quietly began to command notice and he generated a lot of buzz after the World Junior A tournament where as Captain he posted four goals and eight points in four games and was a standout. Makar is arguably the most offensive defenceman in his draft class and the fastest skater of the 2017 draft group as well. He is a dynamic offensive player with speed to burn and is very competitive. Makar has great hockey sense and reads plays well making good decisions when to join a rush. He is and undersized player and needs to add strength and learn to be effective defensively and physically despite being undersized. Makar has committed to play College hockey next year for UMass in the NCAA where he can work on his strength and play against older and stronger competition. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 NWCAA Bruins Bantam AA HCBAA 28 4 16 20 18 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
 2012-2013 Calgary Flames Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 3 19 22 22 |          
 2013-2014 NWCAA Stampeders Minor Midget AMMHL 36 9 19 28 35 |          
  Calgary Flames Midget AAA AMHL 6 0 1 1 4 |          
 2014-2015 Calgary Flames Midget AAA AMHL 34 7 16 23 14 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Brooks Bandits AJHL 3 1 4 5 4 | Playoffs 20 1 6 7
 2015-2016 Brooks Bandits AJHL 54 10 45 55 28 | Playoffs 13 3 11 14
  Brooks Bandits Western Canada Cup 6 1 4 5 2 |          
  Brooks Bandits RBC Cup 5 4 3 7 0 |          
  Canada West U19 WJAC-19 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Brooks Bandits AJHL 54 24 51 75 18 | Playoffs 13 5 11 16
  Brooks Bandits Western Canada Cup 5 3 5 8 2 |          
  Brooks Bandits RBC Cup 5 2 4 6 2 |          
  Canada West U19 WJAC-19 4 4 4 8 0 |          
 2017-2018 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 34 5 16 21 20 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 3 5 8 0 |          
 2018-2019 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 41 16 33 49 31 |          
  Colorado Avalanche NHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 10 1 5 6

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