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Drafted third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews wins this spot over the fourth pick, Nicklas Backstrom. He's not the scorer Backstrom is, but he has other components to his game that make him one of the top players in the NHL.
Toews made an immediate impact in the NHL when he entered in 2007. He led all rookies with 24 goals, and compiled 54 points in only 64 games. He finished third in Calder Trophy voting to his teammate, Patrick Kane, and Backstrom.
Toews was named the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks before his sophomore season at the age of 20. He didn't disappoint, scoring 34 goals and 69 points. He led the resurgent Blackhawks, one of the youngest teams in the NHL, all the way to the Western Conference finals, where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings.
Toews scored 68 points the following year, but led the powerhouse Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup win, snapping a 49-year drought, the longest in the NHL at the time. He scored 29 points during the playoffs and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy. He also won a gold medal at the Olympic Games with Team Canada and was named the tournament's best forward.
Toews grew as a scorer during the 2010-11 season, with 32 goals and 76 points, including a late-season surge to will the depleted Blackhawks into the playoffs, where they nearly came back from a three-games-to-none deficit against the Vancouver Canucks.
Toews' defensive ability was finally recognized when he finished as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Award.