Cale Makar doesn’t regret putting his future employment on hold.
The blue-chip Colorado Avalanche prospect, the first top-five NHL draft pick to play two years of NCAA hockey since Jonathan Toews was a sophomore at North Dakota in 2006-07, is thriving as a two-way defenseman and alternate captain at the University of Massachusetts. Makar got off to a great start with the Minutemen in 2018-19: through four games, he was averaging two points per game.
Twelve years earlier, Toews also had a big sophomore season before joining the Chicago Blackhawks, and the three-time Stanley Cup champion has often said his two-year stint at North Dakota developed him into the player he is today.
Makar, drafted fourth overall by the Avalanche in 2017, believes in that two-year NCAA model. And, like Toews, ...
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