1. 2018-19 NHL Season
For the second time in two seasons, the Blackhawks missed the playoffs in 2019. The biggest loss in 2019 was losing head coach Joel Quenneville. Chicago decided to turn to Jeremy Colliton instead of keeping Quenneville.
With the veterans losing Quenneville, Jonathan Toews had to step up. Under Colliton, no one’s job was safe. He showed that even this past season when benching Brent Seabrook multiple times before his season-ending injury.
Toews was second on the team in points with 81, his career-high. He had a career-high 35 goals and a career-high 46 assists. Even though he had career-highs, he didn’t lead the team in either stat. Toews has led the Blackhawks in both stats multiple times.
This season was very telling for the entire team. Their head coach was fired due to poor performance and things needed to change. Right before the All-Star break, the Blackhawks won two straight games. Right after the All-Star break, they won an additional five straight games.
Within one month, they went 11-2-0 and were back in the playoff hunt. A few weeks later, they went back on a five-game winning streak, which at one point had them in the last wildcard spot. They just couldn’t keep up the pace.
They’d lose a few close games that they should have won, like they did this season, and would miss the playoffs by six points.
In the second half of the season, Patrick Kane and Toews took control and their two best seasons. It would have been interesting to see what they would have done in the playoffs.