Jonathan Toews enjoyed another solid (yet unspectacular) campaign in 2016-17, tallying 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) and 199 shots on goal in 72 games. The 29-year-old pivot is indubitably one of the best two-way forwards in the NHL, but his focus on the defensive side of the game prevents him from reaching his potential as a 70-plus-point scorer. However, the 2006 first-round pick had two of his most productive seasons in recent memory while skating with Brandon Saad in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and the Blackhawks decided to bring Saad back into the fold for the 2017-18 campaign via a trade with Columbus, likely with the intention of adding him to Toews' line in hopes of sparking Captain Serious' offensive production. If Toews is able to reestablish his chemistry with Saad, he could return to form as a 65-point scorer, making him a rock-solid option in all fantasy formats.
Toews (illness) won't play Thursday against Detroit, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. There's no indication that this ailment will keep Toews sidelined for long, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to action Saturday against the Blue Jackets. The 29-year-old pivot focused less on bulking up and more on improving his speed this offseason -- a change that could help him crack the 65-point mark for the first time since 2014-15.
Toews will not travel to Europe for the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Blackhawks' captain notched 58 points for the second straight season (21 goals, 37 assists). Toews wasn't good down the stretch though, scoring one goal and one assist in four playoff games, yet finishing with a minus-5 rating.
Toews scored Chicago's lone goal -- a power-play tally -- in Thursday's 4-1 Game 4 loss to the Predators. Toews had gone 12 playoff games without a goal coming in, and this contribution was too little, too late with Nashville having already established a 3-0 lead in both the series and this game. The captain was far from the only underachieving member of the Blackhawks, who scored just three goals in four games after entering the postseason as the top seed in the Western Conference.
Toews picked up his first goal in nine games in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings. Toews has 58 points, including 21 goals; his total matches his output from last season. He's a dominant player whose offensive totals will always be somewhat depressed because of his commitment to a two-way game. But big-game Toews will deliver in the postseason at close to a point-per-game pace. The Hawks could see June, so target Toews in playoff formats.
Toews (rest) won't be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Blackhawks have secured the top seed in the Western Conference, so it makes sense for them to rest key players like Toews instead of risking injury in what are essentially meaningless games. Toews may return to the lineup for Chicago's final regular-season contest Saturday against the Kings, but if he doesn't, he'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.
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