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Posted - 04/29/2013 :  14:55:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Chicago Blackhawks captured the Presidentís trophy last week and will now turn their attention to lifting the Stanley Cup. It took Chicago nearly two months to lose a game in regulation and this shortened season has been somewhat of a dream campaign for Blackhawks fans. That dream, however, could quickly become a nightmare if the team doesnít replicate its success in the post-season. As those who follow the game know, dominating the regular season doesnít guarantee anything come spring time.

One such player who has been an integral part of Chicagoís excellence this year is Jonathan Toews. In reality, the 24-year-old captain has always been arguably the most important player to the Blackhawks ever since he broke into the league. This season though, Toews seems to be getting considerable recognition for his efforts and has even garnered some Hart Trophy buzz. And in the process has helped fantasy owners by being a stud in many different categories.

Now Iím not going to diminish the efforts of other candidates like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, or Sergei Bobrovsky and say Toews deserves it more, but you could make a case that he is easily the most complete all-around player of the bunch. The Hart Trophy is supposed to be voted on by writers, for the player who meant the most to his team. However, many have a different definition of what that exactly means and usually points attract the most attention.

This is why delving deeper into Toewsí game this year will give you a greater appreciation of why he is a deserving candidate. He has combined great offensive production with tremendous play in other less sexy areas that donít often get much recognition. You may be thinking that a campaign like that is what the Selke Trophy is for, but Toews has been so good in every area this year that his play is certainly worthy of an MVP.

Toewsí offensive prowess has always been solid, but this year he has ratcheted things up a notch. In this shortened campaign he scored an impressive 23 times and finished just outside the top 10 in total scoring. He was also on pace for an 84-point season when you average things out over a regular 82-game year, which would have been a career high. Not only that, but Toews was very consistent as he was only held pointless for more than two straight games once all season.

Toews also added important goals for both poolies and the Blackhawks. His two shorthanded tallies ranked fourth in the NHL and his five game winners put him in the top 10 in that category as well. His play on special teams may be most impressive as you wonít find too many players that do things so well on both the power play and penalty kill. Toews averaged 2:41 of ice-time per game with the man advantage and added 1:25 while shorthanded. There has often been a debate about who is more important to Chicago, Patrick Kane or Toews. Kane might be more gifted offensively, but he doesnít play at all on the penalty kill and doesnít have the all around responsibilities that Toews does.

Before we get into some more unique parts of Toewsí game, letís look at his plus/minus which can be viewed as both an offensive and defensive statistic. He finished with a plus-28 rating that was ranked third in the league. Thatís impressive for two reasons. The first is the fact that no other Blackhawk finished higher than plus-20, and the second becomes clear when you look at the top five ratings in the NHL in 2013. Of that group, three played on the same line this season in Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, and Chris Kunitz. Now Iím not knocking the play of Kunitz and Dupuis, but I will go out on a limb and say they wouldnít even be in the top 20 without Crosby.

The aforementioned numbers are ones that stand out when many are deciding who to give their Hart vote to, but how about some others that you have to dig a little deeper for and donít just jump right off the page. Toews sits second in face-off percentage with nearly a rate of 60%, behind only Patrice Bergeron. He has also upped his game in the takeaway department this season and is tied with Pavel Datsyuk for the league lead at 56. Lastly, he ranks in the top 10 when it comes to penalties drawn in 2013. All of these things wonít often catch your eye right away in a box score, but they are all part of the complete player Toews has developed into.

It would also be remiss not to talk about the Chicago captainís great leadership ability at such a young age. His body of work mentioned above certainly plays a role, but itís much more than that. Out of all the candidates for the Hart Trophy this season, Toews is the only one to have a rookie on his line for most of the year. He played with Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad for the majority of 2013, and Saad has benefited greatly. The rookie had 10 goals and 27 points to go along with a plus-17 rating, which is impressive in a shortened campaign. Hossa of course is an accomplished player and helps greatly, but with Toewsí all around skill set, Iím sure it has made the transition for Saad much easier. Itís not like Saad was a top five pick either, as he went 43rd overall in 2011 and only played in 31 American Hockey League games before jumping to the NHL.

Itís puzzling why more people arenít beating the drum for Toews when it comes to the Hart Trophy. Maybe itís because he is on a great team and they feel that has a lot to do with his success, or that he isnít even the leading scorer on his own team. Or maybe itís just the fact that Captain Seriousí personality is blander than dry toast. Whatever the case, Toews seems to be somewhat of an underdog in the MVP race. A race that maybe needs to look into the way they choose the winner.

Written by Michael Amato of www.dobberhockey.com

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slozo
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Posted - 04/30/2013 :  06:00:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Toews is a great hockey player, but if you aren't the leading scorer on your own team . . . you will not win. End of story. If you aren't even in the top ten in scoring . . . you DEFINITELY won't win, it's a guarantee. And if, when lobbying for his MVP vote, you have to go deeply into plus minus stats?

Yeah. You are not going to even be in the top three contestants, my friend!

Maybe next year, but . . . I highly doubt it.

"Take off, eh?" - Bob and Doug
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Posted - 05/02/2013 :  10:08:02  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by slozo

Toews is a great hockey player, but if you aren't the leading scorer on your own team . . . you will not win. End of story. If you aren't even in the top ten in scoring . . . you DEFINITELY won't win, it's a guarantee. And if, when lobbying for his MVP vote, you have to go deeply into plus minus stats?

Yeah. You are not going to even be in the top three contestants, my friend!

Maybe next year, but . . . I highly doubt it.

"Take off, eh?" - Bob and Doug





Last time I checked no team wants players that just score goals. You NEED the players like Toews to win battles in the corner, win faceoffs, be defensively responsible, give away very few pucks (unlike the top scorer on the blawkhawks [Kane]). Toews is an all around player and he is definitely not a lazy player like the common goal scorers are (Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk etc..) You need to look at something other than goals because a team of just goal scorers would never go far in the league today when you have players like Toews that do it all at a very close to superstar level.
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slozo
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Posted - 05/03/2013 :  07:38:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Guest4782

quote:
Originally posted by slozo

Toews is a great hockey player, but if you aren't the leading scorer on your own team . . . you will not win. End of story. If you aren't even in the top ten in scoring . . . you DEFINITELY won't win, it's a guarantee. And if, when lobbying for his MVP vote, you have to go deeply into plus minus stats?

Yeah. You are not going to even be in the top three contestants, my friend!

Maybe next year, but . . . I highly doubt it.

"Take off, eh?" - Bob and Doug





Last time I checked no team wants players that just score goals. You NEED the players like Toews to win battles in the corner, win faceoffs, be defensively responsible, give away very few pucks (unlike the top scorer on the blawkhawks [Kane]). Toews is an all around player and he is definitely not a lazy player like the common goal scorers are (Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk etc..) You need to look at something other than goals because a team of just goal scorers would never go far in the league today when you have players like Toews that do it all at a very close to superstar level.



That's great - you tell me when you have successfully lobbied to change the voting process for MVP to your specified criteria, and get back to me quick-fast when you do bud.



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Posted - 05/03/2013 :  11:00:39  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by slozo

quote:
Originally posted by Guest4782

quote:
Originally posted by slozo

Toews is a great hockey player, but if you aren't the leading scorer on your own team . . . you will not win. End of story. If you aren't even in the top ten in scoring . . . you DEFINITELY won't win, it's a guarantee. And if, when lobbying for his MVP vote, you have to go deeply into plus minus stats?

Yeah. You are not going to even be in the top three contestants, my friend!

Maybe next year, but . . . I highly doubt it.

"Take off, eh?" - Bob and Doug





Last time I checked no team wants players that just score goals. You NEED the players like Toews to win battles in the corner, win faceoffs, be defensively responsible, give away very few pucks (unlike the top scorer on the blawkhawks [Kane]). Toews is an all around player and he is definitely not a lazy player like the common goal scorers are (Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk etc..) You need to look at something other than goals because a team of just goal scorers would never go far in the league today when you have players like Toews that do it all at a very close to superstar level.



That's great - you tell me when you have successfully lobbied to change the voting process for MVP to your specified criteria, and get back to me quick-fast when you do bud.



"Take off, eh?" - Bob and Doug



Pretty sure that the Art Ross is for the most points BUD.
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Posted - 05/03/2013 :  13:55:18  Reply with Quote
Goalies have won the Hart Trohpy.... You can't base it on points. It says it in the name MOST VALUEABLE. sometimes, a great goal scorer is not your most valuable player. Although in most cases, it usually is.
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Posted - 05/06/2013 :  13:26:47  Reply with Quote
To Guest 4782: I agree with you 100%. You are dead on about Toews. He probably won't win the Hart as I think Crosby will, but you make a very good case for him. In my mind, he is the second best player in the NHL, behind only Crosby.
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Posted - 05/07/2013 :  10:56:10  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Guest4822

To Guest 4782: I agree with you 100%. You are dead on about Toews. He probably won't win the Hart as I think Crosby will, but you make a very good case for him. In my mind, he is the second best player in the NHL, behind only Crosby.



Thank you.... Very annoying when people think that the MVP always goes to the player with the most points.
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