Jonathan Toews is one of the youngest hockey players to ever captain his team to the Stanley Cup, or to win the Conn Smythe for that matter. And as a result he’s drawing comparisons to some of hockey’s greats.
The two Hall of Fame players that Toews draws the most comparisons to are former Edmonton Oiler Mark Messier and former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman.
“As great as Messier is, and how an Oilers game never started until he ran over somebody, I liken Toews to Steve Yzerman because of the youth, he was a captain at a young age,” Steve Rosenbloom, of the Chicago Tribune and 670 The Score, said on the Danny Mac Show.
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“Gretzky was a captain of the Oilers at a young age. And Yzerman, as a center, as a young guy, was at his best when he learned to play both ends of the ice, when he killed penalties, when it wasn’t the goals he scored, it was the goals he stopped or the goals he set up. I liken him more [to Yzerman] because he was given the responsibility early and he handled it, and [Yzerman] grew into one of the great captains, and certainly a hall of Fame player, that our generation has seen.”
Over the Blackhawks’ current six-game win streak, Toews has recorded 11 points (6 G, 5A) including five goals in the last three games.