Keon vs Toews
Keon started his NHL career at age 20. Toews began at age 19.
Toews has only played 7 seasons so far, so for comparison sakes we'll focus on the first seven seasons of Dave Keon's NHL career (up to 1966-67).
Both Toews and Keon are known as well-rounded players... Toews with his often referred to "intangibles".
The Selke trophy was before Keon's time, but he'd more than likely finish tops in voting.
Toews: 17, 4, 2, 6, 1, 3 in Selke voting
Here is Keon's all-star team voting: (fairly certain that's accurate)
?, 2, 3, 3, 9, 7, 7
Keep in mind his competition at that time were the likes of Mikita, Henri Richard, Delvecchio, Beliveau
Keon's regular season point finishes weren't spectacular... top 15, but that was in the O6 era.
Toews also doesn't have high end regular season totals.
Both players have one Conn-Smythe trophy in their trophy case.
On Team Canada, in the recent Olympics, was it not mostly thought of that after Crosby, Toews was the next best center on the team.
David Michael Keon or Jonathan Bryan Toews
Thanks for using my quotes, and I stand by those words.
Toews will surpass Keon eventually I think. He hasn't yet, because Keon does have some serious longevity on his side. 15 years with the Leafs, a turn in the WHA and finishing with three seasons in Hartford in the NHL.
I'll say one thing, I think Toews is capable of more of a game breaking quality than Keon was. Yes Keon did win the Smythe in 1967 and furthermore he had that hat trick in Game 7 in 1964 against none other than Montreal. So it isn't as if he was a slouch. But his postseason resume is razor thin after 1967. Of course we don't know how Toews will fare, but it is really hard to imagine Chicago not winning more Cups. Think about it, Chicago was a goal away from winning back to back this year (yes, they beat the Rangers in the final no doubt in my mind). Toews is still very young in the grand scheme of things.
I think he has the luxury of still playing and having the potential to pass Keon and I personally think he will be a lock cinch HHOFer when all is said and done.
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