2013 Blackhawks Report Cards: Jonathan Toews
It's time for the Captain of all Report Cards!
Standard Regular Season Stats
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Standard Playoff Stats
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When Greg said we were doing a draft for the player report cards and I had the first pick, it was a no brainer who I was going to pick. It's pretty obvious Toews had a good year, adding even more hardware to his already impressive collection but this season was not without turmoil from Captain Serious, especially during the playoffs where his contributions were questioned and he was called by many to put up more points.
But in order to review his entire season we must start at the beginning. Toews has been a slow starter traditionally, but this year he put up a goal and an assist and was a big part of squashing the Kings Cup celebration game on January 19th, he was a +3 and won 64% of his draws. Toews was only a minus in 7 games during the regular season and was never worse than a -1.
He recorded 5 GWG during the regular season in wins against Columbus, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville and Calgary. He was tied for 5th in the league with 23 goals and tied for 3rd with a +/- of +28, (so happy he fell to us in 2006, thanks Blues and Penguins).
He was awarded the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in the NHL over the celebrated injured Patrice Bergeron and Detroit's perennial contender Pavel Datsyuk. He was first in the Western Conference in face-off wins at 55.9 % and was tied for first with 56 takeaways.
Throughout the playoffs Toews only had 14 points. He didn't his first point until the 5th game of the Wild series when he recorded 2 assists. His first goal didn't come until the 5th game of the Scum series. He then went on a 10 game scoreless streak not putting another in the net until game 4 against Boston.
Game 4 against Detroit we saw Toews unravel in ways many of us didn't think possible. Toews took 3 penalties in a row and was showing obvious signs of frustration and possibly cracking under the pressure of trying to score and getting back into the series. During one of his trips to the box the Hawks alternate-alternate captain Brent Seabrook had to come over and have a talk with Captain Marvel. It seemed to work on some level as Toews and the Hawks were able to come back in games 5,6 and 7 to win the series, in what was a turning point for the team.
Some were piling on Toews during his cold streak in the playoffs, but the seasoned Hawks fans know that his game is about so much more than just points. Especially since Toews was taking the toughest competition, a role that normally was given to Dave Bolland, but with his injuries and inconsistent play, the role was given to 19. So while he wasn't producing goals he was shutting down the likes of Zetterberg, Datysuk, Brown, Krejci and Bergeron.
He is, in my opinion, the best over-all captain in the NHL, in case any of you didn't know that already. He is a youngest member of the triple gold club and is already stamping his ticket to the HHOF and a #19 banner in the rafters. He has led this team out of the dark ages and into the promised land of two Stanley Cups in 4 years.
Final Grade: A, I can't give him an A+ because I feel like his lack of points throughout the playoffs (even though I downplayed it) still takes him out of the perfect season grading.