18 Days of Blackhawks Drafts: Jonathan Toews (2006)
Before the Blackhawks take the podium to announce the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks Blog takes you through the history of the team's greatest draft picks, and how they spent their time in the Blackhawks sweater.
C Jonathan Toews - Selected 3rd overall in the 2006 Entry Draft
There are more chapters to be written in Jonathan Toews' career, but its difficult to imagine a scenario that worked out better than the Blackhawks' top pick in 2006. In a draft class loaded with talented forwards - Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, Toronto's Phil Kessel and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux were among others taken in 2006's first round - it could be argued that none have achieved as much as Toews has in his career.
In his first NHL game, Oct. 10 against San Jose, Toews scored his first NHL goal on his first shot. Though he missed 16 games with an injury, Toews still managed to become a finalist for the year's Calder Trophy, given annually to the NHL's top rookie.
Since then, The Captain has been nothing short of excellent. Just five seasons into his career, he already has compiled 144 goals and 180 assists in only 361 games. He's also known around the league as one of the game's best at the faceoff dot, and a superb two-way player.
Then there are the awards: Toews has won gold with the Canadian Olympic team, and was named the tournament's top forward. He's won a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP, and has captained the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup championship.
One of the best leaders in the sport, Toews' career accolades should only grow from here on.