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Cale Makar Was Even Better Than We Thought In The Playoffs




A good Twitter follow for serious hockey people is that of Dimitri Filipovic. He really breaks down video well of players/trends/whatever. He’s got a great tweet today on just how good Cale Makar was on breakouts in the playoffs. This will be a very satisfying two-plus minutes for Avalanche fans:

70.2 percent of breakouts, with possession, at even strength in the playoffs? Yeah, not bad. Cale Makar winning the Conn Smythe Trophy was richly deserved. When you don’t have to worry about getting the puck out of your own zone – man, does the game get a lot easier. Let’s not forget Makar’s partner too, who helped make numbers like that happen – Devon Toews. After next season, by the way, Toews can sign a contract extension with the Avalanche, and that will be an absolute must for Chris MacFarland to accomplish.

We all in Denver and Avalanche fans everywhere were really fortunate to get Makar at No. 4 in the NHL draft in 2017. Do I daresay that his $9 million cap hit is starting to seem like a real bargain? There’s a wide range of sports out there, and right now hockey is the darling of them all in Denver right now. No wonder his rookie card is blowing up right now. By the way, here’s a good story on Makar, talking a little bit about Bobby Orr, which includes a picture of him as a kid in a Bruins jersey.

Oh, and Makar is 23 years old. He’s a Stanley Cup champion, the Norris Trophy winner and the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. I mean, it’s just unbelievable. What he accomplished this season is one for the history books.

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You could see this coming too. Right from his first game in the 2019 playoffs, you knew that there was something magical about this kid. To me at least it was clear pretty quickly that we were watching the best D man in Avs shirt since Ray Bourque wore the burgundy and white colors. In retrospect, how prescient was your podcast interview with Makar in early 2019. Even in that interview you could sense a kind of urgency of a massive talent waiting to break out! We are so massively lucky that we got him at number 4 in 2017,… Read more »


Methinks Toews is unaffordable. G & Manson are 2nd pair. Byram & Makar are 1st pair. I’d prepare for two more years of Toews then that’s it.


Evidently there is a good chance for a substantial cap increase in 2 years. But nonetheless, these long term consideration are part of the reason why you just can’t afford a long term contract with Kadri.


Evidently there is a good chance for a substantial cap increase in 2 years. But nonetheless, these long term consideration are part of the reason why you just can’t afford a long term contract with Kadri.

Jared Moss

Agreed another 8mil defenceman just ain’t gonna happen… if he keeps playing the way he his, don’t forget the avs affect I mean the guys playing with the best D in the league… also if bryam plays a full season and is healthy…. easily going to 5mil aswell.. this team won’t be able to stay together for long… so obviously as bryam is way younger and hopefully healthy he will take toews spot

Jared Moss

Or one season and an amazing trade to bring back some assets we’ve lost lately


It’s amazing how many of those end with Makar shooting. Or someone else.


It looks as if there are five Avs in the upper right quadrant. I do not see names by two of them, but one must be Girard.

Glendon Gulliver

The upper right quadrant, from right to left on the diagram is Makar, Toews, Byram, Girard, and Manson is closest to the center.

Richard Trujillo

I would love to see an advanced analytics breakdown of Kadri and Rantanen during the playoff run. See which player ended up being more valuable to this team.

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