On Monday night, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews reached a major milestone in his NHL career. With his 500th point, Toews adds another mark to his incredible career.
Toews was, thankfully, the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft. St. Louis passed on Toews, opting instead to take defenseman Erik Johnson first overall. Pittsburgh followed by taking Jordan Staal second, and the rest is history in Chicago.
From that 2006 class, Toews becomes the third player to reach 500 career points: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom has 566 points, and Toronto’s Phil Kessel (selected by Boston) has 513 in his career. Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, the 22nd player taken that year, ranks fourth with 444 career points.
Toews finished runner-up to Patrick Kane for the Calder Trophy 2007-08, but was named to the NHL All-Rookie First Team. In 2010, Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the postseason, and he was voted the winner of the Selke Trophy in 2013. He has been a finalist for the Selke after two other seasons as well.
There may be two players with more points in their career, but none is more accomplished than Toews. He has been selected to three All-Star Games (2009, 2011, 2015) and played in both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He led Canada to gold medals in both Olympic tournaments.
Toews is also one of the more clutch players of this generation.
Only two players have scored more game-winning goals in the Indian head than Toews (40): Steve Larmer (49) and Denis Savard (46). Chicago’s captain has scored 81 points in 91 career postseason games, and his 10 career postseason game-winning goals is the benchmark in franchise history.
Even though he doesn’t turn 27 until April 29, we can say with certainty that no Blackhawks player will every wear number 19 again. When St. Louis and Pittsburgh passed on Toews, they opened the door for the resurrection of the Blackhawks to begin.