There’s no doubt that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is having a tough year. In what was seemed to be a redemption year after having the lowest numbers in his career for the first time since the 2011-12′ season (2013 would’ve counted, but it was a half season), the captain has been derailing. Last season, the captain posted 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points, nearly ten points less to his previous two seasons. It may not seem like much, but he’s certainly on a decline.
This year, however, has been nearly disastrous. Toews has been in a rut, only posting 11 goals and 22 assists in 44 games this season, which is incredibly uncharacteristic. If he wants to try and keep pace with last years numbers, to attempt to keep consistency visible, he’ll have to score 25 points in the final 27 games. To some peoples concern, that isn’t too far away with how the captain has been performing as of late.
In the captain’s last seven games, he’s been able to score 11 points (4G,7A), including a game-winning goal in Wednesday night’s thriller versus the Minnesota Wild, where he also had two assists. To some, it may not seem like much, but it looks like Toews is surely on a road of redemption after suffering from his lonesome on the first line.
Surely, having a revolving door of line-mates for a solid year can take a toll on a player like Toews. In fact, he hasn’t had much help on the first forward line since Brandon Saad was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets after the 2014-15′ season. He’s had this weird year where multiple teammates have been shifted to play on his line, but have constantly been placed throughout the lineup. As of right now, Toews has been paired up with Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik, who seem comfortable with their placement with the captain. Hopefully, that’s how it stays for a while.
If Toews is to prove his derailment is a false claim, getting near his point totals of last season would be a huge comeback for the captain, but an even bigger confidence booster. If he’s to get the ball rolling even faster than he has already, the Hawks are going to have a hot hand heading into the 2016-17′ Stanley Cup Playoffs, where Toews was surely needed last year versus the St. Louis Blues.
Certainly, it seems like Jonathan Toews is on a path of redemption, which looks better in person than on paper.
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