'Captain Serious' Toews leads Blackhawks by example

Jonathan Toews. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/AFP-Getty Images files)

Jonathan Toews. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/AFP-Getty Images files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

WINNIPEG - How much would the course of history change if Jonathan Toews had been chosen in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins instead of the Chicago Blackhawks?

It's a question I've pondered occasionally since being in Vancouver to cover the draft that year and it's a bit more prevalent this weekend after the Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero, the man who selected Jordan Staal second overall, allowing Toews to be scooped up by the Blackhawks with the next pick.

This is not to pile on the criticism on Shero, he's a wise hockey man and will be running another franchise soon enough.

The topic is interesting because Shero raved about Toews to me leading up to the draft and had obviously given consideration to bringing him on board instead.

There's no doubt in my mind that Shero would still be employed if he had chosen the pride of St. Vital.

 


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