2010 Winter Olympic Hockey: Is Jonathan Toews Canada’s MVP?

February 22nd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The obvious choices for an MVP for Team Canada so far are Sidney Crosby and Dany Heatley.

The Pittsburgh superstar is one of the two most hyped players in the NHL right now (with Alexander Ovechkin), and both have done a good job of coming up big when asked, both throughout the NHL regular season and again in the Olympic Games. Crosby (two goals, three assists) is tied for the scoring lead for Canada with Heatley (four goals, one assist).

There have been so many outstanding performers on Canada's roster, and yet the most valuable might be Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews .

Toews is just one point behind Heatley and Crosby with four points (all assists), but here is where the differences are between the two top scorers and Toews:

First, Crosby and Heatley are playing heavier minutes than Toews. Crosby leads all Canadian forwards in ice time (averaging 17:34 per night), while Heatley is averaging 14:44 per game after three contests.

Toews, on the other hand, is not only playing fewer minutes (13:42 ATOI), but he's doing it while flipping between his natural center position and wing, depending on what Babcock wants ...

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