After an amazing playoff performance out of Jonathan Toews, I am expecting the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain to bring that success into 2021.
Coming into the season, Toews was coming off of a career-high year, where he played in all 82-games and put up 81-points (35G, 46A). It seemed like the captain was getting better with age, as for the first time in his career, he was an almost a point-per-game player during the regular season.
Toews and Patrick Kane both had career-high years last season and were expected to perform the same was in 2019-20. Kane had 84-points and Toews had 60-points on the shortened season, but they both still were top players for the Blackhawks.
The captain has improved his defensive play each season since joining the league, and I expect no different. He is still one of the most underrated two-way forwards in the NHL and will be a key factor in how far the Blackhawks go next season.
In 2020-21, Toews will score 30-goals for the 3rd-time in his NHL career. Along with the 30-goals, Toews will add another 40-assists, giving him at least 70-points in the season. With that success he will likely see, Kane will have another great year too. If those two can click, along with the younger players getting better during the offseason, the Hawks will be a playoff team in 2020-21.
Expect Toews to have an amazing year with 70-plus points, and Toews helping Dominik Kubalik to another 30-goal season if the two play on the same line again. Even though the playoff loss to Vegas was frustrating, there’s a lot to look forward to next season. It’ll always start with Kane and Toews though.