They're the two of the best young defensemen in the NHL today and will undoubtedly battle each other for the Norris Trophy—the NHL's best defenseman award—in years to come.
Drafted fourth overall in the 2017 NHL draft, Cale Makar has been a star on the Avalanche's blue line ever since he made his debut during the 2019 NHL playoffs. He won the Hobey Baker Award—the NCAA's version of the Heisman Trophy for hockey—in 2019 and is currently leading all NHL defensemen in goals scored.
Adam Fox entered the NHL with considerably less fanfare than Makar did. Although he was drafted 66th overall in the 2016 draft by the Flames, Fox ended up with his boyhood team, the Rangers, after being dealt to the Blueshirts in 2019. Despite being listed at 5'11", Fox has defied his original expectations and went on to capture the Norris Trophy last season after posting 47 points in 55 games.
So, if you were an NHL GM, who would you take: Makar or Fox?