Many Colorado Avalanche fans already think Cale Makar is too good for NCAA hockey. Last night only helped to confirm that idea.
In the first regular season game of his sophomore season, the 2017 fourth overall pick had two goals, two assists and a game-high 6 shots on net, leading his UMass Minutemen to a 61- victory over RPI.
With the desire to spend the season working on his defensive game, Makar was able to show last night that he is one of then most dangerous offensive players in the NCAA. It’s only one game, but no one should be surprised if the Colorado Avalanche prospect is at the top of the Hobey Baker ballot at the end of the season.
As a young leader on a UMass team that expects to climb the Hockey East standings, Makar is going to be counted on offensively, while trying to prove he’s growing his two-way game.
Makar’s first point of the season came midway through the first period as he set up Jacob Prichard on the powerplay. It was a beautiful cross ice pass right on the stick of his teammate.
It didn’t take Makar long to put himself on the highlight reel as he was able to finish the period with a beautiful goal. In the final minute of the first, Makar used his speed to pull away from the opposition before roofing the wrist shot:
Speed like that isn’t something you often see from a defender and is going to be the reason Makar is able to make a smooth transition to the NHL.
Here’s his second of the night, capping off the 6-1 victory:
It was a great start to the season for Makar and a good sign for Avalanche fans. It’s believed that the team intends to sign the 19-year old as soon as his season at UMass is over. Unless something goes very wrong, you should expect to see him on Pepsi Center ice this season - hopefully in the middle or a playoff push.