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TALK"N HAWKS:  Player by Player

With not a real lot to talk about before the pre season starts, (that hasn’t been discussed ad nauseam) I thought I would take a couple or more players each blog and give my thoughts on them, hopefully inspiring you to share yours. You can speculate all you want on what might happen in the upcoming season – no one is wrong until it happens, and usually by then, everyone forgets what you predicted. I prefer to watch and comment on the current, not guess on what might be. Either way, here we go.

Let’s start with Jonathon Toews. Good old (young) Captain Serious.

There was a photo on the Blackhawks official website, at the end of the Hawks series with the Vancouver Canucks, that I thought said it all. It was during Game 7, with 2 minutes left ,while the boys were short handed. In the frame, Luongo was in net, two Canucks were next to him. Toews was being tripped on the left and just about on all fours. On the right, he was being cross checked down to the ice. Just your typical 1 on 5 .While this was all going on, he was scoring the tying goal to force Overtime. I could pull up all kinds of stats on the guy right now, but in this case, I truly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. I have never questioned this kid’s commitment or effort. Making him one of the youngest team captain’s has never been an issue with me.

Corey Crawford. It always amazes me how people treat goalies so much different than others. Sure he had a good rookie year, but let’s see how it goes next year, seems to be that consensus of what I’m hearing. I don’t get the “flash in the pan” feeling from him. He’s been around a while. The 26 year old, Montreal born net minder was drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. He has played for Moncton, Norfolk, and Rockford. He has been up and down for the Hawks since the 2005 season. Nothing seems to rattle this guy, and I can only remember a very short stretch where he was sub par last season.. In 57 regular season games, he had a 2.3 GAA & a 9.17 SP, while compiling a 33 - 18 record.  His Playoff numbers were even better against the Cup Finalist, with a 2.2 GAA & a 9.27 SP. Barring any kind of injury, I feel good about him.

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Vince…I like your stuff, even for a Hawks guy!

And I am certainly not saying he is a bad player, but that “Captain Serious” moniker, and the elevation of Toews to “do no wrong” levels is a little silly.

You point to the tying goal in Game 7, and that was impressive.  It was also his ONLY point of the series.  And, the one time he was on the ice without his Kesler shadow.

Look, I know the Hawks and their fans said they were the better team, even when they lost ( and Toews needed to show more class and at least mouth the perfunctory words that every captain does when they are beaten )...it showed he is still young.  The Henrik comments after Game 7 obviously in response to that.

He is a very talented player, and I loved him on Team Canada. But the cold hard facts are, he was not consistent enough, or good enough day in and day out, to get his team any farther than depending on the Wild to beat the Stars to get in…and when all is said and done…he is the captain of a team that finished 8th and was a 1st round exit.

Sorry bout that!  Peace Vince!

Posted by vancitydan on 08/05/11 at 01:57 PM ET

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Vince, every goalie regardless of age needs more than one season to be graded on, because in Season 2 opponents know his tendencies and weaknesses to exploit.

Thus why there are so many guys that manage to look like Vezina winners their first real season, and then suddenly seem to fail miserably afterwards.

Posted by Primis on 08/05/11 at 07:40 PM ET

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