From the time he was 15 years old at Shattuck-St. Mary's until his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, Blackhawks scouts filed more than 60 scouting reports on future captain Jonathan Toews prior to selecting him 3rd overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. Here is a sampling of those reports, as first published in the book "One Goal Achieved: The Inside Story of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks."
Date: Dec. 9, 2004
Event: Shattuck 6 at Breck 1
Notes: "Pretty complete package for his age and should only get better as he gets stronger. He skates well, handles the puck comfortably, makes plays and can finish. He displayed a bit of an edge and is not afraid to give and take contact. He also has good size and is solid on his skates. I like him a lot for the future."
A SECOND OPINION
Here's an excerpt of what NHL Central Scouting said about Toews prior to the 2006 NHL Entry Draft:
"Possesses excellent acceleration, agility, quickness and is an extremely smart player who is versatile and has played both wing and center equally well this season... has very good poise and patience with the puck when on the power play or five-on- five...possesses a dangerous shot with a quick release and has the ability to make big plays and finish ... is very good on faceoffs...a highly competitive team player who is unselfish and will take a hit to make a play...is a very consistent hard working player who leads by example... has outstanding leadership qualities."
Date: Feb. 6, 2005
Event: Shattuck at Illin
Notes: "He started slowly in this three-game tourney but finished very strong and was the best player overall for me. He has excellent skating, skills and offensive instincts and uses them all effectively. He is imaginative and generates opportunities for his linemates, but he is equally adept at getting and capitalizing on his own chances. His size is adequate and he appears to be getting stronger and improving his speed. I really like this guy as a potential early rounder."
Date: Aug. 11, 2005Notes:
Event: Ivan Hlinka (Can 88 vs. Cze 88)
Projection: 1st Rounder
"Good game for him, for me the best player on the ice, can do everything. Can play the point on the power play. Can play with anyone. Sees the ice. Knows where his teammates are all the time. Reads the play well. Looks for the open man. Helps out his defensemen. Creates scoring opportunities for his teammates. Good hands. A real team leader. Early pick. Has potential to improve. I like this player."
Date: Feb. 18, 2006
Event: UMD 1 at UND 5
Notes: "Best player on the ice tonight. His quickness and speed appear to be improving, although still not a strength, and he played with the smarts and unselfishness that I have come to expect. He sees and uses his teammates effectively and finished off a couple of slick give-and-gos for 2 goals to go along with an assist in this game. While he is extremely smart, he doesn’t sit back and rely on it. He forechecks, bumps, takes pucks wide, goes to the net and scoring position with and without the puck, and he generates and finishes equally well. His coaches endorse him enthusiastically and say he works hard on and off ice, learns quickly, is well liked and respected by his teammates, is a quiet and humble leader and comes with no baggage. I met with him postgame and was impressed with his personality and genuineness. He has good size, but there is a lot of room to fill out up top. He seems strong and shows no signs of wearing down from playing as a 17-year-old with and against 18-24 year olds. In addition, he went right from the world juniors back to school and had no break. He is right there with the top players in this draft, and he is still only 17 years old."
Date: March 24, 2006
Event: 2006 NCAA West Regional (Mich vs. UND)
Projection: 1st Rounder
Notes: "He was very impressive in all facets of the game. He started every period and was on the ice in the last minute of each, which tells you what his coaches think of him. When the puck is in his end, he is always looking around with his head on a swivel trying to find his man. Competes for his in the corners and will take a hit or make one to make a play. Scored 1 goal and 1 assist in this one and made several smart little plays with the puck. A good skater with a powerful, wide stride. Just a very sound, complete player who is only going to get better as he matures and fills out his frame. He’s not even 18 yet, but he looks like a college veteran and has so many likeable qualities. Does not cheat and circle looking for pucks to come to him, gets involved and makes things happen. Will be a very good player for many years."