Hawks player reviews: Jonathan Toews

June, 9, 2014
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Toews/CrosbyRob Grabowski/USA TODAY SportsJonathan Toews had two goals and an assist in leading the Hawks to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1.

Jonathan Toews, Forward


2013-14 cap hit: $6.3 million | Age: 26 | Season stats: 28 goals, 40 assists, plus-26

Season recap: Toews was again one of the league's premier two-way players. He was voted a finalist again for the Selke Trophy. He was third on the team in points in the regular season and was second in the playoffs. He had a team-high nine playoff goals. He also played a key role in Canada winning its second consecutive gold medal in the Olympics.

Season highlight: Toews made playing at Soldier Field even more memorable by scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1.

Season lowlight: Toews missed the last six games of the regular season after suffering an upper-body injury on a hit from the Penguins' Brooks Orpik on March 30. Toews' teammates were criticized for not retaliating on the hit.

Final grade: A

Inside the numbers: Toews led the league with a 30.1 quality of competition percentage. It is measured by the average relative plus-minus of opponents and weighted by ice time against them.

Notes: Toews was again near the top of the league in faceoffs, finishing fifth with a 57.2 winning percentage.

Quotes: "Who could ever think of a better situation to be in?" Toews said of the Blackhawks after the season. "I think back to the day that I was drafted. I had absolutely no idea all this would be in store for me in my short career so far. I've been so fortunate to be a part of an unbelievable group of guys; the majority of our team has been together since I've been here. And just to see the growth of this franchise and the city of Chicago and the amazing fans that we have here. There's no doubt in my mind there's no better way to have it, I guess, as a hockey player."

What's next: The main hurdle ahead of the Blackhawks and Toews is a contract extension. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. The Blackhawks would love to sign him to a long-term extension this summer.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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