Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews warms up before game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
He’s one of the few faces of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise that will last a lifetime and resonate with all Blackhawks fans for generations. That may seem a little dramatic, but it’s also true. Jonathan Toews was part of the resurgence of the Blackhawks after decades of embarrassments and frustrating almosts. Two Stanley Cup Championships and a few million fans later, we can hardly imagine a time when Toews wasn’t the captain. But we know that already.
In a business and a franchise with fans that value consistency, Toews has given them just that season after season. His reliability showed through once again last season, and you can read all about it in his Final Grade for 2013. In short, 23 goals, 25 assists in 47 games gives him a pretty good grade. Toews spent the summer celebrating a couple personal days with the Stanley Cup and sharing it with family, friends, and fans. He’s was held out of the first two preseason games against the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins but scored the deciding goal in the shootout against the Washington Capitals in his first preseason game. He seems healthy and right on track to have another great season as the captain of the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
Prediction: Toews will be exciting to watch this season (as usual) and score 35 goals, 37 assists and be nominated for another trophy or two.
What’s your prediction for Jonathan Toews this season?