Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
33-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Blackhawks
IR-LT
Injury Illness
Est. Return 9/22/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Toews missed all of the 2020-21 season with chronic immune response syndrome, but he appears intent on returning to the Blackhawks in 2021-22. There's no guarantee the 33-year-old center will be ready at the start of the season, but he would provide a big boost to Chicago's top six if he can play. In 2019-20, he amassed 60 points in 70 games while logging 3:19 of ice time per game on the power play. He's a two-way star, and if he's good to go, fantasy managers would be wise to utilize a mid-round pick to roster him. Toews should still be able to produce 50 points while skating around 20 minutes per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension with the Blackhawks in July of 2014.
Preparing for 2021-22
CChicago Blackhawks
Illness
June 30, 2021
Toews -- who acknowledged he was sidelined with CIRS -- has begun preparing for the 2021-22 season and fully intends on returning to action, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
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Fantasy players in dynasty formats who hung on to Toews throughout the previous season will be encouraged by this latest news. If given the all-clear, the 33-year-old center should retake his spot on the first line and No. 1 power play and figures to get back over the 20-goal threshold this year, a mark he has missed just once in his 13-year NHL career.
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Toews returned to earth in 2019-20 following his career-high 35 goal, 46 assist performance in 2018-19, but he was still a solid producer for the Blackhawks and fantasy players alike, totaling 18 goals, 42 helpers, eight power-play points and 172 shots on net in 70 games. The three-time Stanley Cup champion will continue to be featured on Chicago's top line and first power-play unit in 2020-21, and if Alex Debrincat is able to return to form, a Debrincat, Toews, Dominik Kubalik combination on the Hawks' first line could prove to be deadly. Don't expect Captain Serious to be an elite fantasy option during the upcoming campaign, but he should produce at a pace that would equate to at least 20 goals and 60 points over the course of a full season while firing around 2.5 shots on net per contest, making him worthy of a seventh or eighth round selection in most formats.
Toews' offensive output had been a source of disappointment for fantasy owners and Blackhawks fans alike up until last year, as he had failed to eclipse the 60-point threshold for three consecutive campaigns from 2015-17, but Captain Serious bounced back in a big way in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (35) and assists (46) while remaining one of the NHL's best two-way forwards. It's unlikely that he'll be able to match that performance during the upcoming season, but it appears as though Toews has finally decided to use his high-end skill set to assert his will in the offensive zone, which should pay dividends for owners willing to bet that last campaign was a sign of things to come rather than a flash in the pan. 25-plus goals and 65-plus points aren't outlandish expectations for Toews in 2019-20, and he should tally double-digit power-play points while registering a positive plus-minus rating in the process, making him a high-end option in most fantasy formats.
Toews had another solid albeit slightly underwhelming campaign in 2017-18, notching 20 goals and 52 points while firing 211 shots on net in 74 contests. The 30-year-old pivot has never scored fewer than 20 goals in a single season during his 11 years in the NHL, a level of consistency that's hard to come by in fantasy hockey. The third overall pick from the 2006 draft may not ever return to the point-per-game form he displayed earlier in his career, but the addition of Marcus Kruger this offseason may allow the Blackhawks to lessen Toews' load in terms of defensive zone draws, which could allow him to hit the 60-point mark for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. Either way, it's hard to imagine Toews putting up fewer than the 52 points he posted a season ago in 2018-19, so fantasy owners can continue to draft him with confidence as a well-rounded contributor up front.
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 is one of the best two-way forwards in the game today – perhaps the best all by himself. It's nearly impossible for other players to knock him off the puck, and he has the offensive talent to put it in the back of the net in the biggest of moments. However, Toews' dedication to being a diligent defender keeps him from reaching his elite fantasy potential. If the 6-foot-2 center wasn’t so dedicated to his play on both ends of the ice, he might be able to reach – and perhaps even surpass – his 85-point upside. Captain Serious' dedication to his role as a two-way forward has helped earn his team three Stanley Cups in the past seven seasons, and that isn't going to change anytime soon. In fantasy, Toews brings to the table something many other players do not: set-and-forget production for his owners. The 2006 first-round pick has only missed a combined three games over the past two seasons, and he can always be expected to end up in the neighborhood of 60 points. Although Toews shouldn't be taken over any proven point-per-game snipers, he'll undoubtedly be a highly valuable addition to any fantasy owner's roster this season.
How valuable is Toews? Well, he’s one of the best two-way players in the game today, if not the best. He’s an incredible leader, a talented offensive player, a diligent defender, and a possession beast -- he’s a franchise cornerstone and will be that way for another decade. But how does that translate into fantasy? We’ll be blunt -- imperfectly. He’ll never reach his 90-point upside because of that commitment to two-way hockey. His highest point total in a season was 76 (80 games), and he’s averaged 67 points in his last two campaign. That’s valuable, but it doesn’t make him elite. What Toews does provide is lock-and-ignore production in every format -- roto, points, head-to-head, daily, dynasty…anything you can dream up. And owning him and his stability allows you to reach for high-risk guys. Just don’t take him over a bona fide point-per-game sniper.
The captain put up stellar numbers again last season, accruing 28 goals and 40 assists in 76 games. He is without a doubt one of the best centers in the NHL, but it might be a stretch for him to exceed the 32 goals and 44 assists he put up in 2010-11. Even if he fails to post elite numbers, Toews can be counted upon for 65 to 70 points and a strong plus/minus rating, thanks to the stable of talent surrounding him.
Toews averaged about a point-per-game during the lock-out shortened season (23 goals, 25 assists), but most hockey observers believe he could deliver 100 points in a season if he'd only just focus on the offensive zone. But that's not Toews, who reads the game with the very best and takes his own-zone responsibilities seriously. He's an elite center who should be off the board right after Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and feel free to count on 35 goals and 85 points. He's one of the best.
Toews will be looking to rebound this season after injuries hurt him during his 2011-12 campaign. A concussion limited him to just 59 games last year, but he was in the middle of a goal-scoring outburst when he went down and still finished the season with 29. We are a bit concerned by the concussions -- that wasn't his first. But there is no doubt that if he stays away from injuries, he rebound to his usual dominating self. And that's a guarantee of 30 goals, as many points as games, great plus-minus and power-play production.
While the Blackhawks endured a down season by their standards in 2010-11, Toews had the best campaign of his short, four-year career. The captain tallied 32 goals and a career-high 44 assists. Additionally, he had the best plus/minus rating of his career at plus-25. Toews is sure to continue as one of the best forwards in the league. Chicago has added some tough guys to the roster, including enforcer Daniel Carcillo, giving Toews some extra protection this coming season.
By default, Toews often shares the limelight with Patrick Kane, though the former player prefers to let his game do the talking. Chicago fans were happy to see Toews take home a little extra hardware for his stellar postseason play. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup with the 'Hawks, he also wrapped his mitts around the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the playoff's Most Valuable Player. Oh, the regular season, you ask? That was fine, too, as Toews gave his fantasy owners 25 goals, 43 assists, and a plus/minus rating of 22. Expect about the same from No. 19 in 2010-11, but this time with even more consistent production.
Patrick Kane seems to get more headlines, but Toews might be the better of the two. Toews played in every game last season and deposited 34 goals along with 35 assists. With the addition of another weapon in Marian Hossa, Toews appears in position to climb another rung up the ladder in his third year. The best aspects of his game are shooting (career 17.1 shooting percentage) and skating, but Toews is fast becoming one of the league's best pivots with a game that is strong at both ends of the rink (plus-12 last season).
Toews missed 18 games during his first season, but was still able to lead NHL rookies with 24 goals. His 30 assists ranked third-highest on the team and his 54 points tied him for third most with Robert Lang. Toews was named the team captain this summer, making him the third-youngest player to earn that distinction in the history of the NHL. Only Vincent Lecavalier and Crosby became team captains at a younger age. Expect Toews to wear the captain's letter with a pride and urgency that will only expedite his rise to the elite tier of centers in the NHL. His ceiling is only limited by his ferocity on the ice. It will be exciting to see what Toews can do with a full 2008-09 season.
Toews is a complete player who is terrific with the puck, has a great feel for the game, and is an extremely hard worker. He is the top prospect on a Chicago team that has an absolutely loaded pipeline and since the Blackhawks have the number one overall pick in this year's draft, the system is going to get even stronger. Should Toews decide he wants to leave school, there should be a spot waiting for him on the Blackhawks this season.
The third overall selection in the 2006 NHL draft decided to go back to the University of North Dakota for the 2006-07 season. It appears he might even stay there for the 2007-08 season, but stay tuned.
Toews (pronounced "Taaves") is the kind of guy who makes everyone else around him better. This kid is ultra-competitive and is already a well-rounded, two-way player. At 6'2" and near 200 lbs, he no pushover either and isn't afraid to force his nose toward the net. Good hands, good brains, good prospect. He's among the elite of the 2006 draft.
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Status for next season uncertain
CChicago Blackhawks
Undisclosed
May 12, 2021
When asked about Toews (undisclosed) on Wednesday, general manager Stan Bowman said "I talked to Jonathan a couple weeks ago. He's doing well. We talked for 15-20 minutes about our team and non-hockey stuff... We're hopeful he'll be back, but we're going to let it play out and we'll see. It's unchartered waters here," Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Unlikely to return this year
CChicago Blackhawks
Undisclosed
April 21, 2021
Toews (undisclosed) isn't expected to return this season, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Placed on LTIR
CChicago Blackhawks
Undisclosed
January 14, 2021
The Blackhawks have placed Toews (undisclosed) on long-term injured reserve, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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No timetable for return
CChicago Blackhawks
Illness
December 29, 2020
In a statement released by the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Toews said "This offseason, I've been experiencing symptoms that have left me feeling drained and lethargic. I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition. Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team, I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team."
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Will miss time with illness
CChicago Blackhawks
Illness
December 29, 2020
According to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, Toews will miss the entirety of training camp and the start of the regular season with an illness.
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