After two down years in a row, Jonathan Toews is in the midst of a monster bounce-back season. Has the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks returned to his old form?
Some questioned before the 2018-2019 season even began if Jonathan Toews would ever return to the way he played the first nine seasons of his career. The captain of the Chicago Blackhawks recorded 58 points in 15-16 and 16-17. Last year, he tallied the least amount of points (52) he’s ever had in an 82-game season.
Now, Toews’s resurgence is one of the top storylines of the Chicago Blackhawks’ terrible season.
In 51 games, Toews has 22 goals and 26 assists. He’s on pace to score 35 goals, which would surpass his career-high of 34 in his sophomore season. Additionally, Toews is scoring approximately 0.94 points per game. That puts him on pace for 77 points if he plays all 82 games, which would also be a career-high for him.
Without a doubt, the 30-year-old captain of the Chicago Blackhawks is having an incredible season. But what’s so different about this season compared to the last few?
I decided to take a look at Toews’s last three seasons – with both the eye test and analytics – to determine the reasons for his rebound this year and his lack of success in the previous two seasons.