Welcome back to another Whose To Say where this week, we’re talking about two college drinking buddies.
The NHL picked up two North Dakota University stars early in the 2000’s that have changed their teams’ histories forever. Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ Jonathan Toews and the Washington Capitals‘ T.J. Oshie go way back, all the way to their college days when the two teenagers got into some off-the-ice shenanigans.
Since then, both players have built up legacies and today we’re going to take a closer look at each of their careers.
Jonathan Toews is a 30-year-old centre playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews is 6’2″ and 201 lbs. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 3rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Toews has played in 873 NHL Regular season games with 327 goals (63 of which were Game Winning Goals) and 428 assists totaling him to 755 points. He has a +195 rating with 2,311 shots on goal and averages about 19:53 on the ice. In his career, Toews has collected 477 PIM and a faceoff win percentage of 56.9%.
Defensively, Toews controls the puck well, his team averages 55.7% Corsi For with him on the ice. He has 308 blocked shots, 539 hits, and 698 takeaways.
Toews’ team has made many playoff appearances, 9 to be exact. He’s totaled 128 NHL playoff games with 40 goals and 70 assists for 110 points. Toews has a +14 in the playoffs after averaging 20:46 on the ice per game. He’s got 156 registered hits in playoffs and a faceoff win percentage of 56.8%. Toews has won 3 Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks.
As for Toews’ playing style, he’s a physical forward. He’s talented with his hands and can power through defense to drive the net. He’s a leader, that much is evident with 3 Stanley Cups during his captaincy. One of the week spots is injuries. Toews has had a number of concussions and this past season was his first full 82 game season. But overall, he’s an absolute power house.
Timothy Jimothy Oshie is a 32-year-old forward for the Washington Capitals. He’s 5’11” and 195 lbs. Oshie was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2005, 24th overall.
Oshie has played in 734 NHL regular season games over the course of 11 seasons. He’s collected 212 NHL goals (36 were game winners) and 306 assists for a total of 518 points. Oshie has a +/- rating of +122 alongside 1,527 shots on goal and 376 PIM. Oshie has a faceoff win percentage of 45.6% and averages 18:36 on the ice per game.
On Oshie’s defensive play, he’s got a whopping 509 blocked shots, 1,111 hits, and 548 takeaways. Although he’s smaller he’s aggressive as shit.
As for playoffs, Oshie has been in the playoffs 9 times with 83 playoff games, 24 playoff goals and 30 assists for 54 points. He’s got a -3 playoff rating and averages 19:54 on the ice in the playoffs. Oshie is a beast in playoffs with 175 playoff hits. He won 47% of the faceoffs he took in playoffs. Oshie has won one Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals.
Oshie’s play style reminds me of Brendan Gallagher’s in the sense that he’s got the swagger of a 6’5″ 230lbs winger. He isn’t afraid of no one and will take out anyone he needs to. Oshie also backs up that aggression with production. The one problem is he sometimes gets himself into a sticky situation with a player bigger than he is and it leads to an injury.
As much as I love the small guy kicking ass, Jonathan Toews is my pick when it comes between these juvenile delinquents.
Tazer has proved time and time again that he’s an elite player and leader. Tazer has got 3 Stanley Cups and has preformed outstandingly in two years less then Oshie.
Toews leadership skills pushes him further for what he’s done for the Hawks. He’s not only led them through their best times with 3 Cups and growing fame. But Toews has been there through their rough start and decline over the last few years. He’s remained confident in his team and unwilling to give up on his teammates, no matter what.
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