The Blackhawks know how valuable their captain is. They see Jonathan Toews making plays at both ends of the ice, scoring big goals and leading in the locker room.

So what do some others think about all the MVP talk Toews is generating and his chances of taking home the Hart Trophy?

"It's not my decision," winger Patrick Sharp said. "I'd have to take a look all across the league, but Jonathan has been playing great all season."

Sharp is right. Toews has been consistently good all season, but it's also up to the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to examine Toews' credentials, which have dramatically improved in the second half of the season, and decide.

"It's not really what matters to me, but it definitely is a compliment just to even have the slightest mention," Toews said.