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03-18-2013, 02:52 PM
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As usual, Danz doing his best to discredit what Toews has accomplished.

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He started his career on the first line
So Toews stepping into the NHL at 19, and being a 1st line centre at that age (not to mention the fact that he would have been a shoo-in for the Calder had he not been injured) is somehow a strike against him?

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played on awful teams
Which awful teams? The team that missed the playoffs by 3 points in his rookie season (again, not unreasonable to believe they would have made the playoffs had he not gotten injured), the team that went to the conference finals in his 2nd year, or the one that won the Cup in his 3rd year? Which of those were "awful"?

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and was already adjusted to the North American playing style before he started in the NHL
While it is true that Toews played in North America, it is also true that he played against boys in the NCAA prior to the NHL while Datsyuk played against men.

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If you're expecting Toews to all of sudden blow up offensively at 27, I think you would be disappointed... I can see a couple 80-85 point seasons though, with health, in his prime
Toews has improved offensively every year he has been in the league, why don't we wait until he plateaus before we decide what his prime will be?

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