Cale Makar finished the regular season with 28 goals, 58 assists, a team-high plus-48, 26 PIMs, nine power play goals, 34 power play points, 240 shots, 95 hits and 110 blocks.
The stud Avalanche defender posted career-highs in goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes and power play points. If you were able to take the time and watch the Avalanche play, you can immediately tell how special of a player he is. His ability to generate offense from his own zone while maintaining defensive integrity is a talent not many defenders have. His edge work while skating is impressive to say the least as he can pants multiple players more than once with his agility and elusiveness (Queue up the Kirby Dach and Quinn Hughes videos where he embarrassed them both). His constant composed demeanor may give you the impression he doesn't have an aggressive side but ask Antoinne Roussel or Jordan Staal and they might say different. Makar appeared to say to Roussel, "I f**ked you up", after the play where he laid him out trying to exit the zone, but the camera cut out. Again attesting to his edge work, the power he can generate to deliver a hit in such close quarters is truly impressive. Jordan Staal ate one and was forced from the game. Both hits are square in the chest and nearly perfect in terms of a quality hit while not running the man. He is undoubtedly a consideration for the Norris Trophy this year and will be neck and neck with Nashville's Roman Josi. If you want him on your roster next season, be prepared to spend your first rounder on him.