He thinks the game at a high level. Makar, who turned 21 on Oct. 30, leads all NHL rookies with 23 points (five objectives, 18 assists) in 21 video games. Makar is the 5th defenceman in NHL history to open his career with points in five video games. Veteran defenceman Erik Johnson said Makar will just get better with time. In 75 college video games he had 21 objectives and 49 helps. Cale Makar turning heads:

Colorado Avalanche's Cale Makar is only 21 years of ages, but he's on rate for among the best season's ever by a rookie defenceman. 1:22

Makar is the 5th defenceman in NHL history to open his career with points in 5 games. He's also the first rookie defenceman with 20 points in his group's first 20 regular-season video games given that Hall of Famer Brian Leetch in 1988-89, according to Sportsnet.

Heading into Thursday night, Makar's 23 points leaves him connected with Dougie Hamilton of Carolina for scoring amongst defenceman.

While pleased with his offensive output, Marak is still refining his defensive craft.

"I believe it's all an operate in development," he said. "I'm not a guy that is going to be pleased ever. For an individual like me, I believe there's still a long way to go.

Cale Makar after winning the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in April. (Getty Images)
Makar established in the Calgary small hockey system. He was playing for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League when Colorado selected him 4th overall in the 2017 draft.

Makar then spent two seasons with the University of Massachusetts. In 75 college video games he had 21 objectives and 49 assists. In his last year he led UMass to the Frozen Four for the very first time. His team lost in the last, however Makar won the Hobey Baker Award as the leading guys's player in NCAA hockey.

Makar has no remorses over his choice to participate in college.

"It was a substantial part of who I am right now," he stated. "Just having the ability to return the second year and discover success and make it all the method, it was big. I'm a big follower in you don't desire to rush things. I wished to be completely ready (for the NHL) and at the end I felt I was truly prepared."

Makar joined the Colorado throughout Game 3 of their upset series win versus his hometown Calgary Flames in last season's playoffs, and scored his first profession goal in the first period. He became the seventh gamer and first defenceman to score a playoff goal in his NHL debut.

With each video game, Makar feels more comfortable on the ice.

"Every day you wish to get more self-confidence in yourself," he said. "It's simply going to come with team success. Early on the team was rolling, I don't think I was playing too well. You sort of feed off that.

"We have so lots of great leaders on this team. There's a great deal of people to count on, ask when you have questions."

While there's no doubt of his offensive talents, Makar knows finding out defence at the NHL level is operate in progress.(Associated Press)"It's good to have a lot of veteran men on this group you can depend on for

specific tidbits and points."Veteran defenceman Erik Johnson said Makar will only get better with time." There's only many things you are going to know right now playing defence,"said Johnson, who was the very first overall pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2006 prior to being traded to Colorado in 2011."A great deal of it comes through experience.

"Things like sealing out from the corner, stick position in specific scenarios, you're going to learn with time. The stuff he has you can't teach. The stuff he needs to discover will just include time, and he is extremely teachable."

Ryan Graves, the second-year Av who partners with Makar, stated the novice is a great skater who closes fast and is excellent with his stick

"A great deal of defending is being able to include and break pucks out," Graves stated. "He's proficient at that.

"He has the highlight-reel goals and things like that. I believe his entire video game is progressing and I think he's going to get better in all elements."

Learning the propensities of the various players he faces, plus the intricacies of new structures becomes part of Makar's learning curve.

"Some of it is done off the pre-game scout and some of it is watching games," Bednar stated. "Once you get an opportunity to bet people, even period by period, I believe there are things you can get as a player that will help you defend."