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Dynamic offensive defenseman with speed, skill, and pedigree


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February 2020 – With 39 points in 43 games, Makar has surpassed the Avalanche all-time record for points by a rookie defenseman. He is lethal at even-strength and the powerplay, and is a favorite to win the Calder trophy. You don’t need to reference this page anymore, he’s a top-tier fantasy d-man. But congratulations to anyone who listened to the notes over the last several years and are now cashing in.  Hayden Soboleski


November 2019 – As if there was any doubt, Makar has transitioned fantastically to the NHL and is an early front-runner in Calder discussions. His 10 points in 12 games is impressive, but its his powerful, agile skating that make him truly stand out as he easily transitions the puck out of his own end. In additions, he’s already providing more peripheral stats with his hits and blocks than is expected of most rookies. He is a must-own in all fantasy formats and will be among the top-scoring defensemen for several years. Hayden Soboleski


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

Fantasy Upside 10.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 30, 1998
Height 5‘11”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 4


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 NWCAA Bruins U15 AAHCBAA28 4 1620 18|Playoffs5 0 33
 2012-2013 Calgary Flames U15 AAAAEHL U1533 3 1922 22|        
 2013-2014 NWCAA Stampeders U16 AAAAEHL U1636 9 1928 35|        
  Calgary Flames U18 AAAAEHL U186 0 11 4|        
 2014-2015 Calgary Flames U18 AAAAEHL U1834 7 1623 14|Playoffs2 0 00
  Brooks BanditsAJHL3 1 45 4|Playoffs20 1 67
 2015-2016 Brooks BanditsAJHL54 10 4555 28|Playoffs13 3 1114
  Brooks BanditsWestern Canada Cup6 1 45 2|        
  Brooks BanditsRBC Cup5 4 37 0|        
  Canada West U19WJAC-194 1 01 0|        
 2016-2017 Brooks BanditsAJHL54 24 5175 18|Playoffs13 5 1116
  Brooks BanditsWestern Canada Cup5 3 58 2|        
  Brooks BanditsRBC Cup5 2 46 2|        
  Canada West U19WJAC-194 4 48 0|        
 2017-2018 UMass (Amherst)NCAA34 5 1621 20|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 58 0|        
 2018-2019 UMass (Amherst)NCAA41 16 3349 31|        
  Colorado AvalancheNHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs10 1 56
 2019-2020 Colorado AvalancheNHL57 12 3850 12|Playoffs15 4 1115