CBJ.com will profile one of the top-10 draft prospects each day for the next 10 days leading up to the draft on Saturday, June 24. The Jackets select sixth in the NHL Draft. As a special to CBJ.com, Sports Information Director for hockey at the University of North Dakota, profiles Monday's prospect, Jonathan Toews. Click here
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Birthdate:April 29, 1988
2005-06 Club: University of North Dakota (WCHA)
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On the ice Jonathan Toews did not play like a 17-year old during his freshman season at the University of North Dakota. Off the ice, he still looks young, even though he turned 18 on April 29.
For his age, Toews is strong on the puck and always well-positioned on defense. He also has a strong sense for the net. Toews uses his strong shot and is very versatile while skating with the puck. His body movement is fluid and smooth, but he has the ability to change directions quickly and shoot. It showed in the statistics, as Toews was the fourth-leading scorer for the Sioux with 22 goals and 17 assists in 42 games.
Even more impressive about Toews is his ability to involve his teammates. Centering a line with teammates Ryan Duncan and Drew Stafford, Toews’ game grew by leaps and bounds during the second half of the 2005-06 season at UND.
Part of that development was playing for Team Canada in the 2006 World Junior Team, where he won a gold medal. His game grew more when the Sioux needed him the most, during the postseason. Toews was named the NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player, leading the Sioux into the Frozen Four by scoring two goals and three assists.
- Captain for Canada’s Team Western that won the gold medal at the 2005 World Under-17 championships. Was the tournament’s leading scorer with eight goals and four assists.
- Won 56 percent of faceoffs.
- Eight multi-point games, including four three-point games.
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Central Scouting Report:
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...plays in all game situations and is smart and effective at anticipating the play...closes off the passing lanes and causes turnovers when forechecking and is dangerous in shorthanded situations...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...keeps the play in front of him...is responsible defensively...goes hard at both ends of the ice...is not overly physical when taking his man off the puck but is clever when using his body to protect the puck ... has outstanding leadership qualities...named the most outstanding player of the 2006 NCAA West Regionals...was a member of Team West for the 2005 Under-17 world hockey challenge and a gold medal winner for Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championship...was also a member of Team Canada for the 2005 Under-18 Junior World Cup.
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