Erik Johnson Vs. Jonathan Toews: Would The Blues Switch Their #1 Pick?

Mikal ElyseCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 24:  (L-R) The 2nd overall pick Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1st overall pick Erik Johnson of the St. Louis Blues, and 3rd overall pick Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks pose for a portrait together backstage at the 2006 NHL Draft held at General Motors Place on June 24, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images for NHL)
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Each circumstance requires a “what if” aspect.

What if the Portland Trailblazers drafted Michael Jordan instead?

What if the St. Louis Blues would have drafted Jonathan Toews first over Erik Johnson?

Johnson has yet to play a complete season, but has shown he can produce respectable numbers.

He has been known to be a mid-scoring defender by recently scoring 39 points in the regular season.

He even brought home a silver medal from the past Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

 Sure he sounds great, but someone is more superior from the 2006 draft.

 Yes, Mr. Jonathan Toews is that special someone.

Toews does have one more season under his belt, but even his first season with only 64 games is better than Johnson’s finest year.

His rookie season was very victorious, though losing the Calder Memorial Trophy to fellow teammate, Patrick Kane.

After Toews first season, he was announced captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.

He also finished the 2008–09 season with 69 points in 82 games, helping the Blackhawks to their first postseason appearance since 2002. Toews added 13 points in 17 playoff games as the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in five games.

Toews won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in six games versus the Philadelphia Flyers, becoming the second-youngest captain in the history of the NHL to hoist the cup. He scored seven goals and 29 points in the playoffs, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

He is also the youngest player (22-years-old) to become a member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold, Stanley Cup, World Championship).

So would the St. Louis Blues take back their draft pick if they knew what they know now?

Would Toews have been a better fit for the Blues, or is Johnson just what the they needed?

Various situations can be asked in the aspect of “what if”, but not all can change an entire team.