Toews is not ready for this step; mentally or physically. I think he could be ready for the role in another 5 years. I think his best days as a player will not come for a long time. A mistake not to bring him along more slowly.
all I will say is, if there is a locker room vote, Toewz doens't get the C. He probably shows a lot of leadership for his age, Personally I think he is going to be a great great player. HE shoudln't be captian at that age. Just not how it works, again 35 year olds don't listen to teenagers.
I live and breathe the Hawks, and I can tell you this is not true. My guess is that if there was a secret locker room vote, he would get every single vote. Some of you guys that don't follow the Hawks as closely have a hard time understanding this, I know. He leads the teams at practice, he is very talkative and encouraging people through drills. He calls his team out when they are not giving 100%. Off the ice, the players gravitate to him and want to do things with him. He never, ever takes a shift off and leads by example. He wants to win with every fiber of his being. The team had a playoff record with him in the lineup last year and a really bad losing record when he was out with injury. The players want to win, and they know that JT as captain is their best chance to do that.
I see no reason to wait any longer. What's the point in waiting? He is ready. If there are any vets that don't follow his lead (the only possible problem I could see is with Havlat), then Tallon will get rid of them. This is Toews' team.
This reminds me of the Yzerman scenario. A young man drafted to a poor hockey club and given the team captaincy at such a young age. Many people questioned it back then and now they're doing the same questioning with Toews. Hopefully Toews' story has the same path.
Let youth be served. The kid is well respected and sure it is a reach but send the message now. Surround him with positive, veteran assistants to help the learning process.
This move is likely as much about selling tickets and hope (ie. P.R.) as it is about Toews himself. The Chi franchise is finally in a position to sell hope and promise to reengage the fanbase and crowded market. Likely too much for most young players but Toews seems cut from the same cloth as early achievers like Yzerman, Crosby and the like. Not as talented but mature and respected bigtime.