Amato tells us, in no uncertain terms, that Jonathan Toews is your Hart winner
The Chicago Blackhawks captured the President's 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 doesn't replicate its success in the post-season. As those who follow the game know, dominating the regular season doesn't guarantee anything come spring time.
One such player who has been an integral part of Chicago's 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 I'm 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 Toews' 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 don't 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.
Toews' 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