Are we jumping the gun here?
Cale Makar has only been in the NHL for two seasons, but the Defenseman has already established himself as one of the top offensive Defenseman in the game
From Calgary, Maker was taken with the Fourth Overall Pick in the 2017 Draft, but he elected to go to UMass instead of the Avalanche. He was a superstar with the Minuteman, bringing them to the 2019 Frozen Four where they lost to Minnesota Duluth, but Makar had his Hockey East Player of the Year Award and the Hobey Baker Award to comfort him. With nothing left to prove, he was seasoned and ready for the NHL.
Makar had a spectacular rookie campaign, winning the Calder with a 50-Point year, and a ninth-place Norris finish. He was even better last year, scoring 44 Points in the COVID reduced year, with 44 Points in 44 Games. Makar’s PPG echoed the Defenseman of the 1980s and early 90s, all the more impressive considering the modern era. Makar finished second for the Norris last year, and there appears to be one on his mantlepiece in the future.