The Colorado Avalanche are off to a solid start to the 2022-2023 NHL season, having won 11 out of the 17 games they have played so far. A great start for a team coming off a Stanley Cup victory, showing minimal fatigue from a long and hard fought cup run not too long ago.
Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was a huge part of that cup run, winning the Conn Smythe award for being the MVP of the playoffs at only 23 years old. He put up 29 points in 20 playoff games, and was getting it done in all parts of the game having powerplay goals, shorthanded goals, and overtime goals. of those 29 points, 8 of them were goals, 21 being assists.
Makar has picked up right where he left off, as he already has 20 points in just 17 games this season, 5 of them being goals and 15 being assists.
These ridiculous numbers are nothing new for Cale, who is averaging over a point per game in his career, and that just led him to breaking an NHL record. Even at the college level Cale averaged almost a point per game, he had 70 points in 75 games at Umass.
Cale Makar is now the fastest defenseman in NHL history to reach 200 career points, doing in in 195 games. The player he beat is Sergei Zubov, who hit the 200 point mark in 207 games, meaning Cale did it 12 games faster than anyone in history, and is the only defensemen to ever hit 200 points with a higher than 1 points per game average.
Farther down on this list are Brian Leetch who hit 200 points in 211 games, Phil Housley who did it in 212 games, and Denis Potvin who also did it in 212 games.
Will Cale Makar go down as the greatest defensemen in NHL history?