Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Vince Maranto on 08/10/11 at 03:59 PM ET
Here’s one that should have you haters calling me a moron. Jonathon Toews won the TSN “Franchise Faceoff”. This was, for those of you who didn’t play along with it like me, a contest for all NHL fans to vote on. The concept was, who would you want to build a franchise around with current NHL players who are under 23 years old..The voting was set up in bracket form, single elimination style.
Toews began his bracket by eliminating ‘Canes Jeff Skinner (2011 Rookie of the Year). Matt Duchene (The Av’s) fell next to the Hawks Captain. In the 3rd round, Toews beat out Drew Doughty (Kings). The final, or do you prefer frozen, four included Toews VS. Doughty and Kane VS. Stamkos. Obviously Stamkos prevailed over Kane, only to lose to Toews in the final. I’m sure his trophy case - ‘10 Stanley Cup, “10 Conn Smythe MVP. “10 Olympic Gold Medal as well as 2 World Junior Championships played a big part to those who voted.
Toews four season average, by the way is, (with 302 games played) almost 29 goals and 67 points per year. I am a big supporter of this kid and look forward to even bigger numbers this season. Although any of those last 4 would be great, I’m gald the Hawks actually have 2 of them. If anything, he’ll have one more thing to give Kaner a hard time about.
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