Cale Makar

Cale Makar

23-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.
Picks up three more points in win
DColorado Avalanche
May 9, 2022
Makar scored a goal on four shots, dished two assists and added two PIM in Monday's 5-3 win over the Predators in Game 4.
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This was Makar's third three-point effort in the four-game sweep to eliminate the Predators. The 23-year-old defenseman leads the playoffs with 10 points (three goals, seven assists), though his time atop the scoring leaderboard may not last long with the Avalanche likely for a week-long layoff before their next game. Makar has added 20 shots on net, nine blocked shots and a plus-4 rating while continuing to elevate his play when it counts the most.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    25:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:50
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
21:01
3:43
0:06
2020–21
24:19
4:11
0:55
2021–22
25:40
3:50
1:25
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Cale Makar
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6 days ago
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6 days ago
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DraftKings NHL: Thursday Breakdown
10 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin breaks down Thursday's slate of Game 2 matchups, recommending a Flames stack against Dallas.
FanDuel NHL: Thursday Targets
10 days ago
Jason Chen previews Thursday’s Game 2 slate, turning to Colorado star defenseman Cale Makar against Nashville.
DraftKings NHL: Tuesday Breakdown
12 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin is all over Calgary netminder Jacob Markstrom against Dallas in Game 1 on Tuesday.
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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Continues to awe
DColorado Avalanche
May 7, 2022
Makar had three helpers in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Predators in Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series.
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Closes out win in overtime
DColorado Avalanche
May 5, 2022
Makar scored a goal on 12 shots in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Predators in Game 2.
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Posts three points in Game 1
DColorado Avalanche
May 3, 2022
Makar scored a goal on two shots, logged two assists, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Predators in Game 1.
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Sitting out Friday
DColorado Avalanche
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April 29, 2022
Makar will be rested for Friday's regular-season finale against the Wild, per NHL.com.
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Opens scoring on power play
DColorado Avalanche
April 28, 2022
Makar scored a power-play goal on five shots in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Predators.
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