Makarov, a second-round pick in 2006, scored two goals and added an assist. He more than passed the eye test for coach Joel Quenneville and his staff.
“Makarov had a noticeable game,” Quenneville said. “He seemed to be around the puck a lot and you like his tenacity and quickness. It was going in for him today.”
Makarov has been in the Kontinental Hockey League for the last few years and admitted he needs to learn the North American game. He called Day One a good experience while learning a “different style.”
Coming off a strong rookie tournament in Toronto this past week, it’s hard to know if Makarov is destined for some seasoning in Rockford, but if he keeps it up, he might make the decision an easy one for Quenneville.