Both teams have their advantages, but not having Jonathan Toews in the lineup is too big of a loss for the 2020-21 Hawks.
If these two teams played each other head to head, the 2019-20 team would win. While the 2020-21 team is a lot more fun to watch with their young players and highlight-reel goals thanks to Alex DeBrincat, not having the captain in the room is a big loss.
The 2020-21 team is better in a lot of different categories – they are the team I would rather see on the ice because they have so many different pieces that inspire hope for the future, but even still, it’s the 2019-20 team that would win head to head.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s thoughts in the comments because this could go either way. Honestly, I wanted to pick the 2020-21 team, but when looking at the lineups head to head, not having Toews on the one side just was too big of a loss.
Yes, pairing Kane with Nylander last season was not fun to see, and having Strome and DeBrincat be invisible on the roster and not be difference-makers hurt. However, the team’s better goaltending and leadership was something that could not be ignored.
I do not think of it as a matchup of Kane vs. Toews because both teams have Kane, but only one has Jonathan Toews. When it comes to the jerseys, I think we can all agree that the 2020-21 team wins. The reverse retros are really starting to grow on me, and I am happy to see the team will still be wearing the black jerseys from their Notre Dame game a few seasons ago again this season.
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