Large defenseman who plays a well-rounded game. Can move well on his feet and make smart plays on transition. Not biggest offensive producer, but uses his size to his advantage defensively, using his body and long stick to break up plays.
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June 2022 – The 2021 fifth-round pick is a big defenseman who plays a well-rounded game. He can move well on his feet and make smart plays. Makarov isn’t the biggest offensive producer, but defensively, he uses his size to his advantage, using his body and a long stick to break up plays.
This season he played between three teams in the KHL, VHL, and MHL. He appeared in six games with CSKA Moskva in the KHL but scored no points. In 16 games with Zvezda Moskva in the VHL, Makarov notched one point. Then in 22 games with Krasnaya Armiya Moskva of the MHL, he scored four goals and 10 assists for 14 total points. Makarov likely has a few more years in Russia to develop before coming to the NHL. – Clare McManus