Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks: Their leaders have to perform this post-season

Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

As the captain of the Blackhawks since 2008, Jonathan Toews has been the epitome of what it means to lead a team to success. Hoisting three Stanley Cups in six years will do that.

Throughout the 2019-20 season, Toews was still proving his value beyond just the letter on his sweater. He accumulated 60 points in 70 contests, racking up almost 20:00 minutes per game while continuing to dominate in the faceoff circle with a win percentage of 57.3.

Toews holds himself at the highest level of accountability. This ultimately impacts his younger teammates in the best way possible as they then expect the same of themselves, too.

The players around him are better because he’s there.

Chicago needs Toews to win the important faceoffs, put up some points along the way, and be the dependable two-way player he’s proven himself to be. If he maintains those attributes, it will position this Blackhawks team in a much better direction than if he doesn’t.