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Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon garner monthly NHL awards

Avalanche teammates Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon were named NHL rookie of the month and NHL No. 2 star of the month, respectively, on Sunday. Makar, the 21-year-old defenseman, was the league’s top-scoring rookie for November. MacKinnon, 24, was the NHL’s second-leading scorer for the month.

Makar had 16 points (seven goals) and a plus-10 rating in 14 games in November. He became the first rookie defenseman to produce seven goals in one month since Brian Leetch in January 1989, and the first rookie blueliner with 16-plus points in one month since Alexei Zhitnik in March 1993.