Although the Colorado Avalanche ended up on the losing end of the Draft Lottery process, in the end they got the player they truly coveted.
With the 4th overall pick in the 2017 Entry Level Draft, the Colorado Avalanche chose dynamic offensive defenseman Cale Makar.
Makar, 18, played the last two seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) where he was named the AJHL Player of the Year in both years. This past season, Makar was also named the AJHL Playoff MVP as well.
Makar, a right shot defenseman, scored 24 goals and 75 points in 54 games this past season with the Bandits while adding another 5 goals and 16 points in 13 playoff games.
The 5’11 187 pound d-man had gained a ton of steam heading into the draft with scouts/analysts calling Makar the most dynamic player in the entire draft regardless of position. Getting compared to multiple time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, Makar is said to have the highest ceiling of any player drafted this year. Many have called Makar a “difference maker” and a “future Norris Trophy winner”.
The Avalanche Selections:
1st round, 4th overall: Cale Makar: A 5’11 187 Lb, 18 year old right show, offensive defenseman.
2nd round, 32nd overall: Conor Timmins: A 6’1 183 Lb, 18 year old two-way right shot defenseman.
4th round, 94th overall: Nick Henry: A 17 year old, 5’11 190 Lb productive right winger.
4th round, 114th overall: Petr Kvaca: A 6’1 175 Lb, 19 year old goaltender.
5th round, 125th overall: Igor Shvyryov: A 6’0 205 Lb, 18 year old playmaking center.
7th round, 187th overall: Nick Leiverman: A 5’10 195 Lb, 18 year old puck moving left shot defenseman.