Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
1. Jonathan Toews
Toews might not bring the offensive flair every night like other forwards on this list, but that’s because he’s the best two-way forward in the league and quite possibly the best player. Toews scored 28 goals and added 38 assists during the 2014-15 season and was one of three players to score at least 65 points with a plus/minus rating of at least plus-30. Toews was also one of four players to post double digits in both goals and assists during the postseason.
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That last stat truly speaks to Toews’ two-way nature. He’s only posted one 70-point season (2010-11), but hasn’t had a plus/minus rating lower than plus-11 (2007-08, his rookie season) and has only one season below 55 percent in Corsi-for (2007-08).
Essentially, Toews has been an incredibly reliable two-way player since his rookie year and at 27-years-old has plenty of great years left in the tank. Many believe he is the best captain not just in the NHL, but in all of sports. His three Stanley Cups in six seasons with a revolving door of role players going around him only adds more merit to the fact that Toews is the best forward in the Western Conference.
It isn’t the goals or assists or points that sets Toews apart; it’s the little things that make him special.
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