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Toews Shines In 5-2 Red Loss

by Adam Kempenaar / Chicago Blackhawks

It's only two scrimmages. Two scrimmages against other 18-20 year old kids, not seasoned NHL veterans. But after another standout performance at Wednesday's Prospects Camp, Blackhawks head coach Denis Savard couldn't stop himself from comparing Jonathan Toews to an all-time great.

Camp Scoring
Player G A P
TOEWS 1 2 3
KONTIOLA 2 0 2
ALIU 0 2 2
BALDWIN 0 2 2
HENDERSON 1 1 2
HJALMARSSON 1 1 2
KANE 0 2 2
McCULLOCH 1 1 2
McGREGOR 1 1 2
TREMBLAY 2 0 2
AUGER 1 0 1
DEY 1 0 1
FORD 1 0 1
LINCOURT 1 0 1
SAWYER 1 0 1
WALKER 1 0 1
GREENOP 0 1 1
HENDRY 0 1 1
LOPRIENO 0 1 1
MACDONALD 0 1 1
SKILLE 0 1 1
TURNER 0 1 1

"I don't want to compare him to anybody yet, but he's similar to a player who has been around a long time and been one of the greatest, and that's [Peter] Forsberg," Savard said. "I'm not saying he's there, but he's that kind of complete player that Forsberg is."

Toews, the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, assisted on both Red tallies in a 5-2 loss to White and converted his shootout attempt after the scrimmage. 300K

"He's so good all around," Savard added. "He's got some great offensive skills but he's aware to get back and play in his own end. He battles for loose pucks in the corners, comes up with it, and goes to the nets hard."

Red's first goal came in the first 25-minute half of play when Toews found free agent signee J.C. Sawyer for a slap shot to beat White goalie Josh Unice. Late in the game, Toews and winger Scott McCulloch connected on a bang-bang play in front of the net to beat White's Mike Brodeur.

White got 1st half goals from tryout forwards Hunter Tremblay and Maxime Lincourt before taking command in the 2nd half on goals from Chris Auger, Petri Kontiola and Bryan McGregor.

Kontiola beat goalie Jeff Jakaitis with a nice top-shelf backhand on a drive to the net. It was the second straight day that Kontiola shined as one of the better players on the ice for either team.

"Kontiola has played well too. I'm impressed with him," Savard said. "He's got great abililty, good speed, skates well.

"I know that he played with [Tuomo] Ruutu at the World Championship and they played well together, so come September we'll see where he's at."

In addition to his second goal of the camp, Kontiola also scored during the shootout to give White a 3-2 win.

On defense, Savard was impressed with the play of Sawyer and Swedish prospect Niklas Hjalmarsson, who assisted on White's first goal.

"Hjalmarsson has made some good decisions. He's got a good gap coming up ice and knows how to take position on people," Savard said. "Sawyer is an offensive-minded player who likes to jump in the play."

The teams will scrimmage again Thursday at the Edge in Bensenville from 12-2 pm. The scrimmage is free and open to the public. See Thursday's scrimmage lineup below.

RED

22 BERTRAM - 19 TOEWS - 12 KANE
25 WALKER - 48 LAGERSTROM - 15-FORD
52 ROY - 43-FAUBERT - 51-DEY
7 FABIAN - 38 LEBLANC - 27 GREENOP / 5 ANTTILLA

52 BYFUGLIEN - 53 SHUTRON
29 SAWYER - 2 CHARLEBOIS
17 HOTHAM - 8 MACDONALD

58 BRIGGS
49 JAKAITIS
31 PALMER

WHITE

56 MCGREGOR - 59 BROPHEY - 10 DOWELL
28 MCCULLOUGH - 39 AUGER - 20 ALIU
54 TREMBLAY - 37 TANGUAY - 14 DRUMMOND
46 LINCOURT - 57 HENDERSON - 47 JUUTILAINEN / 13 BALDWIN

25 BARKER - 45 DANIS-PEPIN
36 HJALMARSSON - 44 LOPRIENO
6 LAVIN - 4 TURNER

40 BRODEUR
30 FALLON
40 UNICE

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