We’ve come to know Jonathan Toews as one of the best shootout guys in the NHL. He absolutely lit the league on fire early on in the shootout and you combine that with what he did in the World Junior Championships and I don’t think Hawks fans would want anyone else with the point on the line in the shootout.
But has Patrick Kane overtaken him as the best shootout guy on the Hawks? I haven’t thought about it much but I realize the great shootout goals Kane has had lately the past couple years in the shootout. I remember his go to move used to be the forehand, backhand roof shot but he really started to struggle with it and it wasn’t working much. Toews is assumed the best shootout guy on the team and is always the 1st shooter, no matter what. But Kane has been better than him quite significantly the past 2 years.
Small sample size, but Toews has been trending downwards for 4 years now. Kane started hot, went a couple years where he wasn’t very good, but has been lights out the past 2 seasons so far.
Last 3 seasons:
Jonathan Toews: 10 goals/24 shots= 41.7%
Patrick Kane: 12 goals/28 shots = 42.9%
What does everyone think? Too small a sample size? Why has Toews % dropped every year other than the obvious that the goalies know what is coming…does he need to switch it up more? And I personally think shootouts are stupid but they also can be the difference between being a playoff team and not, being a 3rd seed or a 6th seed, ect.
Also we have Toews and Kane as shootout staples...but will we find a 3rd shooter? Hey, Andrew Shaw is 1 for 1 this year so maybe he is the guy? I sure hope so.
So he has been ****ing terrible for 4 years and Q continues to throw him out there in those earlier games this season that we lost in the shootout. Why? He is obviously bad...see what someone else can do.
Kane is more creative and has better hands. Both have accurate shots. Make me choose one of them for a shootout attempt and I'd go with Kane by a hair. Toews seems to have some kind of inexplicable trickiness to his shootout attempts - every goalie in the league knows his favorite move but it still works nearly every time he tries it.
No, taking account into everything. Kane has better hands and has been better recently but Toews has been better over his career and is better at hitting the net. Too often Kane overdoes the dekeing and doesn't even get the shot off or on target.