Final Grade: INC
Vitals: 6'2" / 195 / Age 24 / Shoots Right
Drafted by Avalanche, 5th round (124th) of 2005 NHL Draft
Joined Avalanche: Debuted on April 1st, 2009 against Phoenix
Avs with Macias in the lineup: 0-2-0 (.00 pt %), 2 GF 3.5 GA
- TTOI 15:06 (14th)
- EV 13:43 (13th)
- PK 0:47 (12th)
- PP 0:35 (10th)
Career Highlights: Macias has now played in 173 games for the Monsters, a franchise high (previous record was 160 by Wes O'Neill)
Report: Once considered a fringe prospect, Ray Macias's breakout at the NHL level last season was one of the brighter and more unexpected stories of the dismal Avalanche season. Showing his renowned good skating skills and combining it with a surprising amount of physicality, Macias showed off an extensively developed two-way game that will find a place along the Avalanche blueline for years to come. His decision-making and crisp first pass will likely serve as a quality asset on the second PP unit and will make the loss of Kevin Shattenkirk far more bearable. I, for one, look forward to seeing Macias re-signed before FA opens up and seeing him in an Avs uni next year because clearly I didn't see him play this season. How did I end up with the report for this grade, again?
Fun Fact: In 1996, the Avalanche traded Stephane Fiset to the Kings for Eric Lacroix. The teams also swapped 1998 1st round picks in the deal (Lacroix was stockpiling picks to try to get Vinny Lecavalier). The Avalanche ended up choosing Martin Skoula, who they traded in 2003 for Kurt Sauer and a 5th round pick in 2005. That 2005 pick was Ray Macias and...wait, what were we talking about again?
The Ray Macias Drinking Game: *scratches head* Drunk potential: *empty look*
2010 Cap Hit: $550,000
2011 Status: RFA ($605,000 QO)
Outlook for Next Season: Macias was a surprise re-sign last year, re-upping last June (like Philippe Dupuis and Kevin Porter, he signed before the deadline for the Avalanche to extend a qualifying offer (and at a lower salary). If he returns, it will be strictly for the Monsters...a team that already has a bunch of defensemen.
Next Up: Cameron Gaunce