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25 Chicago Blackhawks In 25 Days: Day 19 Jonathan Toews

By Jimmy Lynch
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks takes a face off against Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks takes a face off against Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks’ season kicks off in 19 days. We focus on Chicago’s favorite number 19, Jonathan Toews, who is ready to work.

I don’t know who will play on which line or who will end up in Rockford. However, I do know who will take the faceoff to start the 2019-20 season. Let’s highlight that player today.

Player Spotlight: Jonathan Toews

It has been said before, but I’ll say it again. Jonathan Toews is the ultimate leader. Night in and night out, Toews gives his best effort to the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews has led the Blackhawks to 3 Stanley Cup Championships and is apart of the NHL’s greatest 100 players of all time.

Jonathan Toews has played in the NHL for 12 years. Isn’t that crazy? Toews was once one of the most well-known young players in the NHL. Now, players like Kirby Dach grew up watching Toews win Stanley Cups.

Many people thought Jonathan Toews had fallen off going into last season. After coming off his worst season in the NHL in 2017-18, no one expected him to have much of an impact. After being reunited with Patrick Kane on the Blackhawks’ top line, Toews put on a show. He had a career year across the board, scoring 35 goals and dishing 46 assists.

The Blackhawks added some great new pieces this offseason, but the one thing about some of those guys is the help they bring to Jonathan Toews. Ryan Carpenter, Zack Smith, and Andrew Shaw all can take a faceoff for the Blackhawks. David Kampf can rotate in on faceoffs as well.

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Adding center depth is a great thing for Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews took the most faceoffs of his career last season, in large part because he was the only reliable center they had.

Jonathan Toews is 31-years-old. He is no longer one of the young guys in the Blackhawks’ locker room. Having the best season of his career is a good sign for fans, but that still doesn’t change the fact that Father Time will catch up with Toews at some point.

This is a critical year for the Blackhawks and Toews. If they want to win one more Stanley Cup with Toews and Kane, they need to take another stride this year.

There are only 19 more days until Jonathan Toews starts his 13th season in the NHL. To put that into perspective, Marian Hossa’s 13th season in the NHL was his second season with the Blackhawks in 2011. This season, the Chicago Blackhawks are counting on Toews to help get them over the hump and back into the playoffs.

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