1. Jonathan Toews
Well, who else did you expect? Jonathan Toews, the captain, one of the greatest two-way forwards of this generation was the best center for the Blackhawks during the 2010s.
Toews, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, a Conn Smythe Trophy winner, a Selke Trophy winner, a Messier Award winner, and an All-Star, is one of the most underrated players in all of the NHL.
From 2010 to 2019, Toews played in 727 games, where he scored 269 goals with 363 assists for 632 points. He won 57.3% of his faceoffs and was a force that helped make Chicago a great hockey town.
The Kane and Toews formula was good enough for eight straight playoff berths in the 2010s, nine straight, counting the 2009 Western Conference run.
From 2013 to 2015, the Blackhawks went to three straight Western Conference Finals, winning two of the three, later on winning the Stanley Cup in the two wins. To add to that, in 2010, they did the same, winning the Western Conference Finals in four games, then winning the Stanley Cup in six.
What makes Toews so great is his size and faceoff ability. With Toews, you know what you get. You’re getting a 6-foot-2 center, who weighs over 200 pounds and is impossible to knock off of the puck. As he’s gotten older in the league, he has turned more physical.
The greatest thing Toews will give back after retiring is helping Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome become better at the two-way forward game. Both players have been blessed to see how Toews does things in practice.
The younger players will watch and learn from Toews, which with his help, helps benefit everyone involved. There is no jealousy or worry out of Toews, he is a team-first guy. That’s what makes him so special.