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Cale Makar crowned second star of November

Just another accolade for the super star defenseman.

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As the month of November concluded last night it was time to hand out awards for the month of play and it should come as no surprise that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was named the second star of November after scoring 25 points in 14 games. Nikita Kucherov took home first star honors and Quinn Hughes third star for their efforts as well.

It was a month where Makar set multiple records including points from a defenseman in a single month and fastest defenseman to 200 assists in NHL history. Below the Avalanche detail all those milestones achieved.

Makar paced the NHL with 21 assists and ranked second with both 25 points and a +13 rating across 14 games (4-21—25) to power the Avalanche (15-6-1, 31 points) to a 9-4-1 November. Only four defensemen in League history have collected more helpers in a single calendar month, a list topped by Roman Josi (24 in March 2022 w/ NSH). Makar’s 25 points also set a franchise record for a blueliner in any calendar month, surpassing the previous high of 21 shared by him (March 2023: 4-17—21 in 13 GP) and Steve Duchesne (November 1992: 4-17—21 in 15 GP). Makar notched points in 12 of his 14 November outings, highlighted by five consecutive multi-point performances (Nov. 13-22: 2-11—13) – a run that included three straight three-assist games (Nov. 15-20: 0-9—9). He also became the fastest defenseman in NHL history to accumulate 200 career helpers, doing so in his 254th game (Nov. 18 at DAL). The 25-year-old Makar leads defensemen and sits third in the entire League with 7-27—34 through 22 total contests this season. He also tops the NHL in assists (27) and shares the League lead in plus/minus (+18).

Makar also won first star of the week a couple weeks ago for his eight point effort over three games as he is quickly adding up his accolades in this 2023-24 campaign. If he keeps this up another Norris Trophy could be on the horizon along with a shot at the Hart Trophy if he remains among the league leaders in points.

Also, check out Makar’s After Hours interview from last weekend.