In 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks struck gold when drafting Jonathan Toews with the third pick in the draft. A recent redraft on NHL’s Instagram page had Toews going elsewhere.
Jonathan Toews has helped the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups during the 2010s. If the Blackhawks didn’t draft Toews in 2006, there’s no telling how well they would have done during the 2010s.
As we know now, the Blackhawks draft Patrick Kane in 2007 with the first overall pick. At the time, there were three different players that were rumored to go number one. Just like the year prior, Chicago made the correct decision with their draft choice.
With the redraft, the NHL had the Blues taking Toews at one, the Penguins taking Claude Giroux at two, and the Blackhawks taking Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom wouldn’t have been the worst choice, I just believe Toews is better.
For the Blues, everything could have been different. If they would have selected Toews, their team would have been more successful early on. They’ve done well during the last 10 seasons, but they’d be more successful with Toews.
The Penguins could have won more Stanley Cups with Giroux. I love that pick for Pittsburgh. Imagine Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Giroux together. The Penguins don’t lose the Stanley Cup in 2008, Marian Hossa never leaves for the Red Wings or the Blackhawks.
Everything changes. Maybe the Penguins start the dynasty Chicago had. They would have won back-to-back and done better in the playoffs years after. Add Phil Kessel years later, Jake Guentzel, and many others, they’re competing as hard as the Blackhawks did from 2009-2017.
So, Backstrom to Chicago? He’s had great success with Alex Ovechkin but he’s no Toews. Backstrom wouldn’t have three Stanley Cups as Toews does. Toews is very important to the success of this team.
Thank you, NHL for giving Toews the props he deserves, but we’re all happy that he fell to three.