Like many others, I have made jokes about Jonathan Toews’ lack of production during the playoffs. I like cheap, easy laughs as much as the next guy and he seems a humourless sort of guy. Except for his sideburns, which I assume are ironic. That being said, the CBC panel kind of harumphed a little bit about him tonight – ninth in playoff scoring for the Hawks, tsk tsk – and they aren’t just guys grabbing at low hanging fruit on Twitter.
Easy jokes are easy jokes though and Toews has actually had an hellacious run in the playoffs. His Corsi%, entering tonight’s game, was 62.9%. That is a phenomenal number. The identity of the guys he’s done it against makes it all the more impressive: Toews has played more than 170.2 of his 292.4 minutes of 5v5 time with at least one of Zach Parise, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Zdeno Chara on the ice. Those guys are, generally speaking, Corsi% monsters and yet, despite playing against them a ton, Toews has posted a Corsi% that almost defies belief.
As you’d guess from him having so few points, Toews has not been locked on with favour by the hockey gods during the playoffs – the Hawks have shot 5.53% with him on the ice. He has a PDO of 994. The amazing thing is that, despite having a PDO of 994, the Hawks have outscored their opposition 12-7 with him on the ice at 5v5 entering tonight’s game.
All of which is to say that fun jokes about Toews being a choker are fun jokes, but the guy’s been tearing things up possession wise while climbing Mount Everest. He deserves a little credit for that.Email Tyler Dellow at firstname.lastname@example.org