Chicago Blackhawks Toews Tracker: 22 Games into the Season

By Tim Martens
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 10: Brandon Saad
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 10: Brandon Saad /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Jonathan Toews
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Jonathan Toews /

First 22 Games

Jonathan Toews has suited up for all of the first 22 games the Blackhawks have played in the 2017-18 campaign. He has tallied 6 goals and 10 assists and is a plus-5 when on the ice. If Toews keeps up this pace, you would expect him to finish the year with somewhere around 24 goals and 40 assists.

While 64 points would be the best year for Toews in three seasons, the total still seems rather low for a player making $10.5 million a year. But, as is always discussed when talking about Toews, the center does a lot more than simply contributing to the team’s offense.

First off, Toews is once again having success at the dot this year, winning 56.9 percent of his face-offs so far in 2017-18. Consistently winning draws and giving your team possession is crucial and something the ‘Hawks lacked during their series with the Nashville Predators last Spring where they lost 14 more draws than they won in the four game sweep.

Toews has also been putting up sold possession metrics with a 55.2 percent Corsi-for in the first 22 games this season. This includes a 5.3 percent relative Corsi-for, meaning (over a sixty minute period of time) 5 more shots are directed at the opponents goaltender than at Corey Crawford while Jonathan Toews is on the ice. For a team that has only had 13 more shots on goal than their opponents this year, that relative Corsi-for is quite impressive. Toews’ career high relative Corsi-for percentage is 5.1, so keeping up this pace would be the best year of his career.

All this being said, not every stat has been positive. Toews has 18 penalty minutes already this year, which puts him on pace for 72 minutes on the season. The most he has ever tallied is 62 and the second most is 51. While penalties have been called at a bit of a higher rate this season in the NHL, Toews has been finding his way to the box a lot more than you would prefer. As the team captain, the best face-off center, and a player that drives possession when on the ice, Toews needs to find a way to stay out of the sin bin.

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