What reaching 800 points means to Jonathan Toews' legacy

Scott King
NBC Sports Chicago

It was a nice moment for Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews when he tallied his 800th career point Sunday night in Winnipeg, his hometown.

A tough 5-2 loss to the Jets to start a five-game road trip because of a disastrous power play took away from Toews' achievement. Given the center's all-around game and what he's achieved already in his career, the milestone is a significant marker along the way of what will be an impeccable legacy.

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Toews reached the milestone 15 seconds into Sunday's game when he picked up the secondary assist on Dominik Kubalik's goal by passing the puck to Drake Caggiula from the goal line, who found an open Kubalik.

Toews became the 169th player in NHL history to reach 800 points. When you pair that with what the 31-year-old has already accomplished and his unparalleled overall game, those who argued against him being named one of the NHL's Top 100 players in January of 2017 shouldn't feel too confident with that take any longer. 

Aside from climbing the all-time chart in points, the captain has maintained an impressive career +/- rating (+190) and faceoff percentage (56.9). He has the ninth best faceoff percentage among centers with at least 100 NHL games since the 2007-08 season, his rookie year. He sits behind Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (58.2). 

Toews also joined Claude Giroux, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel as the only players selected in the 2006 NHL Draft to reach 800 points. 

The forward has previously gotten credit as one of the top two-way players in the league who can win draws and after a couple down seasons in scoring, he's proven the offensive flare remains a part of his game.

Last year, Toews followed up a disappointing 52-point campaign (2017-18) with a career best 81 points. He also set career highs with 35 goals and 46 assists last season. 

This year, with 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) through 55 games, Toews is on pace to tally 67 points, which would still be one of his better seasons, even if he doesn't step harder on the gas. 

His resilience the last two seasons and the durability he's shown over the course of his career prove that 1,000 points is attainable for Toews, even in the near future. 

Let's say he finishes this year with 67 points as projected. He would then need 178 points out of the next three seasons to reach the coveted milestone in a Hawks sweater before his current contract expires (end of 2022-20223 season). 

That feat would require a little less than 60 points over the next three seasons. He's gotten to the 60 point mark in six of his 12-plus seasons and will likely get there this year. 

This season, Patrick Kane became the 90th player to reach 1,000 points in NHL history. Toews has the sixth most points in Blackhawks history behind Steve Larmer (923). Kane is ahead of Larmer with 1,005 and behind Denis Savard, who sits in third with 1,096. 

Whether he reaches the top shelf marker in a Hawks sweater or not, Toews will go down in hockey history as an elite player in every vital facet of the game if and when he does.

For now, he's in rare company with three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013, 2015), a Conn Smythe trophy (2010), a Selke (2013) and two Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014). The next tier of greatness isn't far away. Whether it's with the Hawks or elsewhere down the road, it's safe to assume Toews will reach the mother of all NHL milestones to add to an already stellar career. 

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What reaching 800 points means to Jonathan Toews' legacy originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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