In 2003-04, he finished seventh overall in scoring, but his 12 goals and offensive ability as rookie helped earn a spot on the CHL All-Rookie Team, a list that also included the likes of Sidney Crosby and Gilbert Brule. In the summer proceeding the 2004-05 season, the Long Beach, California native was invited to the Los Angeles Kings 2004 Developmental Camp in neighboring El Segundo.
Even though the Blazers didn’t turn in a picture perfect season in 2004-05, Macias lead Kamloops in overall scoring with 47 points in 69 games, seeing action both guarding the blueline and on the right wing. He also participated in the 2005 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, B.C. During the skills competition, he was clocked as the third fastest skater.
2006-07: This marked the D-man’s final season in the WHL, his entire career spent with the Kamloops Blazers. This was by far his best season with the squad, which saw him net 30 goals and 70 points in as many games; his 58 penalty minutes were another personal best for Macias. Expect to see him with Lake Erie (AHL) next season.
Signed a three-year deal with Colorado during the 2007 offseason.
2007-08: This marked Macias’ first season of professional hockey, which he spent between Lake Erie (AHL) and Johnstown (ECHL). In 42 games with the Monsters, he tallied four goals and 13 points, adding another five helpers in five appearances with the Cheifs.
2008-09: Macias was all over the Avalanche’s system this season, appearing in games with all three of its major teams. In 36 games with Lake Erie (AHL), the defenseman tallied three goals and 18 points, adding another six points (1g+5a) in eight games with the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL). He also got his first look at NHL action, registering an assist in five appearances with Colorado.
Macias is a savvy offensive-minded defenseman who has a nose for the back of the net. Not only did he see time in all situations last season, his offensive ability and skating led him to see time on both defense and as a right winger in juniors. He is a very good and conditioned skater, who possesses great acceleration and overall skill on his feet. He has good hands and is effective moving the puck up ice in most situations. Macias’ overall offensive ability and skating are his big upside, which every team will be able to use.