The NHL Network continued their rankings of the best players at their positions headed into the 2017-18 season and Jonathan Toews fell down the list from years previous.
After back-to-back years not eclipsing 60 points in a season and plenty of young players making their names known in the league, the scrutiny following Jonathan Toews continued with the NHL Network ranking of the best centers in hockey.
The rankings, released live on NHL Network Sunday night, placed Toews as the 12th best center in the NHL.
While it is not a surprise to not see Toews near the very top of the list after a couple of tough years, it seems this list played heavily into the point totals of the centers listed. Toews, known more throughout his career as a two-way forward than simply an offensive force, was slotted just behind Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron won his fourth Selke Trophy for best defensive forward this offseason at the NHL Awards, but still couldn’t crack the top ten himself.
There are certainly many good players ahead of Toews on this list, but it is interesting to see how far the center has fallen in the ranks in the two years since winning his third Stanley Cup. ‘Hawks fans who take these lists seriously and want to see their center rank higher will have to hope for a stronger year for Toews in 2017-18 with Brandon Saad back on his line.
Then again, fans can really take any of these lists with a grain of salt and hope, if anything, Toews takes the scrutiny he has been receiving lately and uses it as a little extra fuel to make some noise this coming season.