OTTAWA – Posting this the day after the game last night, partially because I drove about 330 miles in a blinding snowstorm afterward. Probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but if I hadn’t tried to get out of there last night, I’d probably still be in Ottawa. There is a major snowstorm hitting that part of the globe, and I wanted to get out while I could.
So, last night, Cale Makar got back to the of the NHL rookie scoring lead, with a couple of points in the Avs’ routine win over Ottawa. He is now tied with Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, with 40 points. There is some spirited debate from Vancouver folk over who the best rookie defenseman is, and who should/will win the Calder Trophy.
One fun fact for the pro-Hughes crowd: Makar has the same number of points as Quinn, but in 10 fewer games. So, no, I don’t think the “race” for the Calder is as close as they’d like to believe. But, still a lot of hockey left to be played.
Here is Makar talking about his game last night, including a question about what the scoring race with Hughes means to him: