June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Teuvo Teravainen is presented with a jersey after being selected as the number eighteen overall draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

With the 18th Pick-Blackhawks select Teuvo Teravainen

The Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman threw a big major league curve ball when making the Blackhawks first round selection Friday night.  Everyone was hoping it wasn’t Malcolm Subban, but was really looking to hear defense man Olin Maata’s name announced from the podium in Pittsburgh.

Surprise!!! the Blackhawks decided on selecting Teuvo Teravainen with the #18 pick.  He’s a smallish left wing/center with the offensive skills compared to Patrick Kane!  Most experts were stating it was a steal for the Hawks to get this kind of talent at #18 when most thought that Teravainen had top 5 talent.  The selection was announced by Brandon Saad. Is it safe to say that we should be seeing Saad playing on United Center ice on October 13?!?

Teravainien will play with Jokerit in Finland next season. Last season in 40 games, Teravainen had 11 goals and 7 assists for Jokerit.  For the second straight season the Hawks have drafted a talent that has “slid” down the draft and picked up a steal. Last season’s draft it was Saad that was the steal.  It is way better having experts say that you have stolen talent then reached for it especially in the early rounds!!

The rest of the 7 draft picks that the Hawks have will be made today, with Bowman saying even though he didn’t make any moves Friday, that there was a probability of moves being made today or in the coming week, with  Niklas Hjalmarrson, Steve Montador, and Michael Frolik the ones being dangled as bait allegedly.

Quick Blackhawk notes:

-Marian Hossa health is improving nicely and without any set backs should be ready to play come training camp.

- Coach Quenneville should have his other assistant named pretty soon.

-@BlackhawkUp has  you covered on Twitter for instant analysis and commentary throughout the rest of the draft!

 

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