Cale Makar's first NHL game was the last event in a wild four-day sequence in April that included winning the Hobey Baker Award, playing in the NCAA Frozen Four Final and signing his first pro contract.
The Colorado Avalanche rookie defenseman, who scored a goal in his NHL debut, Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames on April 15, talked about his whirlwind introduction to the NHL on the latest episode of NHL @TheRink hosted by NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen.
"It was just wild," Makar said. "I didn't really like comprehend what was going on, just kind of went with the process. Everything was blurred, basically just blacked out and just kind of went with the flow. I haven't looked back on it too much, I'm just trying to stay in the moment."
Makar is two games into his first regular season, has two assists and the Avalanche are 2-0-0. He talks more about the start to his career and everything that came before this season on the podcast.
In addition, former NHL goalie Martin Biron, now a studio analyst for Buffalo Sabres games on MSG-Buffalo, joins the podcast to talk about the Sabres' strong start to the season and new coach Ralph Krueger's impact. He also gives his thoughts on some goalies around the NHL.
NHL.com's Brian Compton also joins to talk about the New York Islanders and the Metropolitan Division.
The podcast is free and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms. It is also available on NHL.com/multimedia/podcasts and the NHL app.