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Chicago Blackhawks: What to Make of the Resurgence of Jonathan Toews

By Juliana Nikac
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring against the Washington Capitals in the third period at the United Center on January 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring against the Washington Capitals in the third period at the United Center on January 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring a hat-trick in the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on January 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring a hat-trick in the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on January 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Conclusion

All in all, what I’m trying to say here is for two seasons in a row, Toews suffered because of bad luck. Everyone has off years. Brandon Saad is another guy who’s been riddled with terrible luck alongside Toews since the Chicago Blackhawks re-acquired him in 2017. That does not mean his play was poor by any means. Compared to some of the guys that have circled through the team over the last three seasons, the captain should be the last person anyone complains about.

However, every player is warranted to some type of criticism and unfortunately for Toews, the critique of him was his regression in play even though that’s not really what happened. Fans expected more of Toews because of what he’s supposed to bring to the table year after year as well as his hefty cap hit that runs through the end of the 2022-2023 season. And all of that is understandable.

Jonathan Toews knows he’s not getting any younger. He’ll turn 31 in just under three months and has a ton of hard minutes on his body with the workhorse style of hockey he plays. Much like he’s done throughout his career, he fixed things in his life such as training and diet to improve. It’s obvious that whatever changes he made during the most recent offseason have really helped him.

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Now that he is having a career season and performing like the old Jonathan Toews, let’s enjoy his resurgence and hope his great play continues for as long as possible. Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks may as well root for the captain to succeed while the team as a whole is struggling to do well. It’s what our captain deserves.

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