This is the second in a series of in-depth profiles covering each member of the Colorado Avalanche 2021 draft class. The entire series can be foundHERE.
Getting the obvious out of the way first — Taylor Makar is indeed Cale’s brother. Selected at the tail end of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft at 220th overall it was a historic day for the Makar family as Cale had just signed a six-year $54 million contract extension with the Avalanche which was announced that morning.
But back to the Avalanche’s newly minted prospect, Taylor is a hopeful in his own right with plans to follow his brother’s footsteps to the NHL by starting his NCAA career at UMass this fall following his perpetrations in the AJHL with the Brooks Bandits.
Opposite of a top prospect Makar has been eligible for the draft since 2019 thus he was not selected until his third time around after turning 20 years of age. Perhaps it was either the familial connections or the progress Makar had exhibited as another late bloomer who took time to grow into his game which led the Avalanche to take notice.
At Brooks Makar was with the team for three full seasons and was named captain in his final campaign in 2020-21 where he scored 19 points including five goals in 16 games. Makar was also able to add another accomplishment which had eluded Cale and that is winning the National Junior A championship in 2019.
This Makar is a forward who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 lbs and therefore plays a much different game than his brother. Makar exhibits much more of a power center style and is learning to use his bigger frame. There are flashes reminiscent of the Makar family talents however especially when Taylor gets the puck on a rush or has space to move around a defender. Though not as explosive as Cale, strong skating is also part of Taylor’s game.
Despite starting college at 20 years of age it is expected that Makar will get several years of experience at the NCAA level before looking for a pro contract. UMass is a great program on the rise after just winning a National Championship and head coach Greg Carvel will no doubt have a few ideas how to maximize another Makar’s talent.
The likeliest hope is for Makar to find a role as a depth forward in the Avalanche system but sharing genetics with a generational talent it is worthwhile to hold a lotto ticket in hopes that he keeps improving and learning how to hone that talent.