Ramblings – Makar the Star; And Thoughts on 17 Players, Including Kakko, York, Brannstrom and More… (June 27)



The Fantasy Prospects Report was released on June 14! If you didn't pick it up, you can do so here. The NHL Draft is just a week and a half away!

Unrestricted Free Agency opens July 13 and the NHL Entry Draft is July 7.


Congrats to the Avalanche – this year's Cup Champs! I didn't get a lot of series right this year, but calling the Avs was a no-brainer each round. Thanks for making it so that I could at least get one series correct each round. The Avalanche team was a bulldozer, and the rest of the NHL was just dirt and debris in their way. Nothing was stopping them, even if the Lightning put a brief scare into them.

And Cale Makar had my vote for the Smyth for sure. Like I said in the earlier Ramblings setting up McDavid vs. MacKinnon – I said it should have been dubbed McDavid vs. Makar, because Makar is the McDavid of defensemen.

Makar, 23, claimed the Conn Smythe Trophy five days after receiving his first Norris Trophy. He became the third player in NHL history to win both awards in the same season, following Bobby Orr in 1970 (age 22) and 1972 (age 24) along with Nicklas Lidstrom in 2002 (age 32).

Makar is also the first player – ever – to win the Hobey Baker, the Calder, the Norris, the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe. Don't forget: he's only 23.


Without playing a single game in the final round, Connor McDavid won the NHL Postseason scoring title with 33 points in 16 games. Leon Draisaitl was second with 32.


The injury tally:

Nazem Kadri – thumb broken in multiple places, required six weeks off. He took two.

Andrew Cogliano – Broken middle finger.

Brayden Point – Badly torn quad muscle. "Shouldn't have played until September" so said Jon Cooper.