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Chicago Blackhawks Toews Tracker: First Nine Games

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GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 21: Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) looks on during the NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes on October 21, 2017 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 21: Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) looks on during the NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes on October 21, 2017 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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What Does This Mean?

Jonathan Toews is back, baby! Well…let’s pump the breaks just a little bit there. Clearly, Toews and his line mates have been much more productive to start off the season this year compared to 2016-17 and Toews’ personal numbers are all up in the offensive categories. This is all really nice to see, but can Toews, as well as Saad and Panik, sustain this scoring pace?

By the eye test alone, Toews and company seem to be generating a bit more life at even-strength. Saad has been a strong net-front presence that has picked up more than a couple goals from just outside the crease and Panik has been using his speed effectively to get the puck into the zone, hang onto possession, and generate offense. Toews, meanwhile, has been strong at the dot and has picked up playing with Saad like riding a bike after a few years off.

The top line has strong chemistry and there is a lot to be excited about as the year moves forward. If Toews can keep this kind of production up, Kane can get back to form with Nick Schmaltz returning from injury, and the Sharp-Anisimov-DeBrincat line can add some offensive pressure, the Blackhawks look to have a pretty competitive top nine.

Next: Anisimov Needs to Step Up

We will have to check back again in a few weeks on the Toews tracker to see if the Captain is continuing to have more success and if the Panarin/Saad trade continues to look like a good move from the top line perspective.

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