Cale Makar

Cale Makar

22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
2021 Fantasy Outlook
At just 22 years old, Makar is just getting going at the NHL level. He had a point-per-game effort with eight goals and 36 assists in 44 contests last season. He's emerged as an elite all-around defenseman and the lynchpin of the Avalanche's blue line. There's no doubt Makar could still improve as he enters his third NHL campaign, which will likely be the first one he has a chance to play a full 82-game slate. Assuming he doesn't miss too much time to injuries, the Alberta native has a realistic chance to top 60 points, with roughly 25 of them coming on the power play. He'll also be reliable in plus-minus rating and shot production, although he's only likely to put up modest totals in hits and blocked shots. He's a top-five blueliner already -- fantasy managers need not hesitate to draft him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension with the Avalanche in July of 2021.
Lights lamp for first time
DColorado Avalanche
October 26, 2021
Makar had a goal on two shots and added three hits Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Vegas.
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Makar threaded a shot from the middle of the ice that found its way through Vegas netminder Robin Lehner, getting the Avalanche on the board with 37 seconds left in the second period. It was the first goal of the season for the standout defenseman, had three assists with a minus-8 rating through his first eight games.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:59
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
21:01
3:43
0:06
2020–21
24:19
4:11
0:55
2021–22
24:58
3:38
0:59
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The reigning Calder Trophy winner was brilliant in his rookie season in 2019-20, scoring 50 points in 57 games. He came in with high expectations after making his NHL debut during the previous season's playoffs and still managed to smash them, transforming the Avalanche into one of the most feared offensive teams with his strong skating ability and elite wrist shot. Makar ranked seventh in even-strength points and 10th in power-play points among defensemen last year, and in the process established himself as the rare, top-tier, point-per-game defenseman in fantasy. There may be some hiccups along the way in his second season, but the upside is worth the risk, which means Makar will be one of the most sought-after defensemen in all fantasy formats.
The time is now for Makar, as the offseason departure of Tyson Barrie has fully paved the way for Colorado's 2017 fourth overall pick to emerge as a full-time NHLer. Lauded for his high hockey IQ and supreme awareness from the blue line, Makar deposited 21 goals and 49 assists between 75 games with UMass-Amherst over the last two seasons. The Avalanche figured he'd provide an offensive spark in the playoffs, so the Calgary native signed on the dotted line on a three-year, entry-level contract and proceeded to record six points through 10 postseason games, including the unforgettable achievement of becoming the first defenseman in history to score a playoff goal in his NHL debut. Naturally, there is a lot of hype surrounding Makar, and it's simply a race against time to acquire him at a reasonable price in the fantasy arena.
Makar has yet to sign his entry-level contract despite being selected fourth overall by the Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, instead electing to return to UMass-Amherst after posting 21 points -- five goals and 16 assists -- and a plus-9 rating over 34 games last season. It wouldn't be a big surprise if he inks his professional contract immediately following the 2018-19 collegiate season, allowing him to get a small taste of professional hockey before the season concludes, but he mainly holds value in dynasty formats this season.
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Draws pair of assists
DColorado Avalanche
October 23, 2021
Makar had two assists and three hits in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay.
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In plus-minus hole early
DColorado Avalanche
October 22, 2021
Makar had two shots on goal, a minor penalty and finished minus-3 in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Florida.
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Adds assist in comeback effort
DColorado Avalanche
October 16, 2021
Makar posted an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Blues.
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Uneventful Opening Night
DColorado Avalanche
October 14, 2021
Makar had three shots, one hit, one blocked shot and finished minus-1 over 22:31 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Chicago.
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Will be ready Opening Night
DColorado Avalanche
October 10, 2021
Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt said Makar (undisclosed) will be ready for Wednesday's season-opener against the Blackhawks, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
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