Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Game Changers during 2010s

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Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
Patrick Kane #88, Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /

Kane and Toews

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are equally the best two players during the 2010s for the Blackhawks. You look at points and choose Kane, you look at leadership and choose Toews. Toews is one of the most underrated players in league history.

Kane is a franchise, sniper with Toews being a franchise, two-way forward.

In 973 games, Kane has scored 389 goals with 633 assists for 1022 points. Toews, in 943 games, has scored 345 goals with 470 assists for 815. Looking at their numbers, Toews isn’t that far off, offensively. Kane beats him with his amazing passing ability, but goals are similar, especially with Kane having 30 games on him.

Both Kane and Toews have won the Conn Smythe Trophy, three Stanley Cups, and a spot on the Top 100 best NHL players of All-Time. It’s impossible to make this list of Blackhawks’ game-changers without putting Kane and Toews together.

What makes these two guys special is their ability to work together, while also being just as effective on the ice without being on the same line. As both guys get older, they’ve seemed to get better, with both players coming off of their best statically season in 2019.

If these two get another crack at the playoffs and even a Stanley Cup, they’d be tied with Wanye Gretzky with four Stanley Cups.

These two have helped the Blackhawks in so many ways, being the two best draft selections, in maybe team history. They’ve done great things solo but at the end of the day, the team is better when those two guys are together.

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When it’s all said and done, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will be known as the best duo in Chicago Blackhawks’ history.