Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews Showed Reasons For Hope In 2020 Season

Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

Jonathan Toews reminded fans who he is during the 2020 playoff run the Blackhawks had. We will have to see more of him at his best if Chicago is going to compete.

The Blackhawks are not a true Stanley Cup contender, but there is no reason that they could not make the playoffs heading down the line. This past season reminded Blackhawks fans of how good Jonathan Toews can be; look no further than the Qualifying round against Edmonton.

Connor McDavid will be the best player in the league for a long time, but as a captain, Jonathan Toews was just as good in their first series. While both players had a lot of time off, which might have been a reason for Chicago coming out on top, Toews was fun to watch.

Captain Serious used to be talked about as one of the best centers and captains in the NHL, but he has since fallen off of the map since the team won their last Stanley Cup in 2015. While he might not be regarded as the dominant player he once was, everyone in Chicago knows he can still be productive.

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Without the championship parades, long playoff runs, and successful seasons, things have not been as fun for Chicago. Things have been so lousy the past few seasons, the legacy of these great Blackhawks have also been in question.

Toews showed the league that he can still play this past year. After a great regular season in 2018-19, where Toews put up 35 goals and 46 assists, he followed things up this year with 60 points during the regular season and nine during the postseason.

Toews is still capable of playing many minutes, and he has some great linemates in Brandon Saad and Dominik Kubalik. While no one will ever match Toews as well as Marian Hossa, these two are doing a great job.

I am hopeful that Toews can continue to lead the Blackhawks for years to come. We saw Minnesota decide to pass on their captain in Mikko Koivu, and I hope we are years away from Toews and the Blackhawks separating.

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In a few years, there is no reason Jonathan Toews shouldn’t be able to lead the team for another playoff run. He is ready to go, and this past postseason showed that; I just hope the team around him can elevate their games.