Dive into the details. Devon Toews is as important as any Avalanche player – The Denver Post

It doesn’t take a sharp hockey mind to appreciate the explosive, electric play of Avalanche guard Cale Makar, who regularly produces outstanding plays by superstar strikers.

But when it comes to his top teammate, Devon Toews, you have to dig into the details to appreciate his play.

The 6-foot-1,191-pound Blueliner is a master at owning the ball and delivering it to the right stores. His defense is efficient and clean. And Toews has shown his knack for being in the right place at the right time.

If a goalkeeper is the team’s most important player, the fourth-year veteran is probably second among the Avs with Makar, fellow superstar Nathan MacKinnon, winger Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabe Landeskog.

“I like it when he’s on the ice,” goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper said of the Toews, who is in his second season with Colorado.

The Toews missed the first nine games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery – a period that saw the Avs go 4-4-1.

Since then, Colorado is 17-3-2 with the Toews in the lineup as he scored a point in those 16 games. Toews is tied with an NHL-high rating of 26 plus minus and he has yet to produce a minus game all season. He’s also only been assessed two minor penalties despite leading the Avs in average ice time at 25:05.

“He is always in the right position. He always reads right. He is a smart player. He’s so smooth and calm out there,” said Kuemper. “…He is one of those rare people who is good at both ends of the pitch as a defender.”

Toews and Makar form one of the NHL’s best defensive pairings.

The Toews were the league’s top 10 during the frost and were second among all NHL players (behind Makar) in points per game (1.09 to 1.17). If Makar was the favorite mid laner winning the Norris Trophy as the tournament’s best defender, then Toews is the dark horse.

He may not be considered Norris’ material as he does not play as the No 1 midfield player, but there is not a single defender in the league who can surpass Makar for that position.

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/01/16/devon-toews-avalanche-understated-star/ Dive into the details. Devon Toews is as important as any Avalanche player – The Denver Post

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