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07-28-2014, 11:16 PM
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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.

Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Toews will get in on the basis of how Dave Keon got in. Keon was a player everyone knew - and still knows - was far superior to what his stats tell us. Toews will likely never crack 100 points in a season, but he doesn't need to. His all around play is where his worth comes. Not to mention his timely goals. Give me a 70 point guy who scores at the right time over a 100+ point guy who frequently takes games off.
Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
The reason I always bring the name up of Dave Keon is because they are similar. Keon - like Toews - has a career high of 76 points. He was a big part - if not the biggest piece of Toronto's Cup wins. He won a Conn Smythe. Somewhere along the lines he has to win a Selke if it existed back then. But either way his value legitimately goes further than the stat sheets tend to show.

Toews is the same way. No one can come up with an argument as to why Keon shouldn't be in the HHOF because they saw him play. Toews is the same way. He isn't Crosby, just like Keon was never Hull or Howe, but no one in the game today would deny Toews is anything but a star player.
With that said, who was the better player in their first seven seasons in the league? Also discuss if you believe Toews has already or will surpass Keon in all-time rankings
David Michael Keon or Jonathan Bryan Toews

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