From Chicago GM Dale Tallon
What do you like about Toews?
Tallon: He's got everything it takes to play the game with the new rules. He competes like hell. And he's got excellent skills. He's got a wonderful personality and a great attitude.
Did you know that he was the player you were going to be taking?
Tallon: We knew we were going to get a good player. We were hopeful that we would get someone like him -- a complete player. At the end of the year, we saw him quite a bit -- at the Frozen Four, the Final Five, and the regional. He was really good and he got better, and better, and better. The World Junior was a tough tournament for him, because it's a 19-year-old tournament and he was only 17. But as the season went on, he got stronger and stronger. And I like the fact that he makes no mistakes. He plays error-free hockey. He's good in his own end, he's good in the other end, he competes and he's a winner.
Is the offensive part of his game underrated?
Tallon: Yes. He's got good moves and he's got good skill. He's a complete player, which is hard to find at that age.
Have you ever seen an 18-year-old as easy to talk to as he is?
Tallon: Our media will appreciate that, hopefully.
How hard are you going to try to sign him?
Well, we have our prospects camp on July 5th. We'll have him there for a week and we'll see how he does.
Do you think he's ready to play in the NHL?
He's smart enough, he's smart enough. It's a matter of -- he just turned 18 in April. We don't want to rush him too soon, but if he's ready, he'll play. When he's ready, he'll play.