Sunday, April 14, 2019
Top Prospect Signings (Apr 14)
One day after falling just short of a national championship at the NCAA Frozen Four, University of Massachusetts standout defenseman Cale Makar has indeed signed with the Colorado Avalanche. The 4th overall pick in the 2017 entry draft has really made some waves at the college level and the international level, playing for Canada, and he will be looked upon as a cornerstone player for the Avalanche for a long, long time.
The offensive defenseman put up some very good numbers in his two seasons at UMass-Amherst and won the Hobey Baker Award, which was handed out just before this weekend.
The Avalanche are currently playing the Flames in the opening round of the playoffs and Makar is eligible to slot into the lineup, if the team does feel like he's ready to go and will make an impact. The only caveat to this is that he will become eligible for the expansion draft and would be a player that the Avalanche would have to protect at the draft, if he does play in these playoffs.
Nevertheless, for us poolies, he'll be a marked man to go reasonably high in the draft next fall, if his reputation means anything.