The calendar has finally turned to September and so it’s time to bring back one of our traditional favorites over/under. We predict the Blackhawks players stats and you tell us if you think they will go over or under those stats! It’s a fun way to preview the season and we look forward to your comments! Is It October 9th in Dallas yet?
Today, we preview the upcoming season for the Blackhawks’ most important player; their captain, Jonathan Toews.
Toews’ skill on the ice is undeniable, and his work ethic off of it has garnered him one of the league’s greatest reputations. A natural leader, Toews is equally at home scoring the big goal, or making a big defensive play in the late minutes when the game is on the line.
The 26-year old has consistently been among the league’s best forwards, with his production in 2013-14 (28-40-68) placing him 24th overall in points.
The Conn Smythe winner will certainly have a big chip on his shoulder entering the 2014-15 season, nearly leading his Blackhawks to a favourable Stanley Cup Final matchup last spring. With two Cups to his credit, and a lot of years ahead of him, Toews will undoubtedly be looking to lead the ‘Hawks to their third championship in six years.
With the Blackhawks getting Toews’ services at a relative bargain ($6.3 million) this year before his recently signed eight-year contract kicks in for the 2015-16 season, a potential championship would be even sweeter before Toews (along with Patrick Kane) collectively empty the Blackhawks’ vault.
2014-2015 over/under– We anticipate a return to the 30-goal and 75-point milestones in 2014-15, finishing with 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points. At the end of the season, it’s not the totals that matter to Toews, but what hardware comes home to Winnipeg during the off-season. And we don’t mean another Selke Trophy.
Toews can truly stake his claim as the NHL’s best forward with a tremendous season on the ice. Off it, you can bank on his dedication being un-matched league-wide, and the Blackhawks immediately becoming a Stanley Cup contender with #19 on their roster.
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