Summer Assignment 2014: Jonathan Toews
Games Played: 76
Goals: 28 (5th in the league for SHG)
(Note: In case you were wondering, Toews and Kane had almost identical numbers for goals and assists, with Kane up one goal.)
Blocked Shots: 20
Goals: 9 (3rd in the league for overall playoff goals, 2nd for SHG and 1st for GWG)
[Note: The postseason stats for hits and blocked shots were not available at the time of this post. Check back for updates when the stats become available.]
Games Played: 6
Contract Status: 1 Year remaining on 5-year deal with a cap hit of $6.3 million per season
2013 Over/Under Number: 35 goals, 37 assists
Season Review: There are very few (and arguably none) better than Jonathan Toews when it comes to all-around ability. Some are evident on paper. But there are many more “intangible” characteristics that make Toews stand out. Grit. Determination. Leadership.
It’s easy to write about how great he was in the first half of the season. But then again, most of the Hawks were, as the team topped the list in points throughout the first few months of the season.
But when the going got tough – and in the second half of the season, it certainly did – Toews got tougher. He humbly and graciously accepted the assistant captaincy of Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics, where he earned a second consecutive Olympic gold medal.
And who can forget his performance on that snowy day at Soldier Field? A game where he notched 2 goals and 1 assist, but more importantly, dazzled us all with this incredible skills.
Then, in another Hawks-Penguins match-up, there was the controversial hit that Brooks Orpik delivered on Toews. It was difficult to tell what fans were more upset about: the fact that there was zero retaliation for the hit, or that the NHL deemed it a “clean” hit resulting in no penalty or disciplinary action whatsoever. The hit left Toews seriously injured and sidelined for the remaining 6 games of the season.
But, much like Patrick Kane, he came back in the playoffs with a vengeance. A losing record against the St. Louis Blues during the regular season loomed over the team, and some wondered whether the defending 2013 Champs would survive the first round – especially when they were down 2-0 early in the series. As usual, the Captain stepped up and led the charge all the way through Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
Despite a disappointing exit from the playoffs, and being snubbed at the NHL awards, overall he had a great season. And, depending on how contract negotiations go, possibly an even better off-season.
Grade: The man who wears the “C” gets a well-deserved grade of “A”
What is your grade for Toews?