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Avalanche select D Cale Makar with fourth overall pick in 2017 NHL Draft

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The Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Cale Makar with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday night.

“We’re excited to add Cale to our organization,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Alan Hepple via a team press release. “He’s a very good skater, a very good puck-mover. Very good puck management. Offensive upside with a great shot and great vision.”

The 18-year-old spent the 2016-17 season with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he tallied 24 goals and 51 assists in 54 games with the team. With the draft pick, he became the highest ever pick from the AJHL.


He recorded three goals and five assists to lead Brooks to the 2017 Western Canada Cup. Makar also served as captain of Team Canada West at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, where he tallied four goals and four assists.

The NHL Draft continues tonight on the NHL Network.

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