Nathan MacKinnon believes Cale Makar may be more than just one of the top defensemen in the NHL.

"He might be the best player in the league right now," MacKinnon said after the Colorado Avalanche's series-clinching win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

"The way he dominates from the back end is amazing - all season, but (in) these playoffs, he's taken another step with his leadership in the room, being more vocal, and obviously on the ice. … He might be one of the best (defensemen) to ever play by the end of his career at this rate," MacKinnon added.