The Chicago Blackhawks broke the monotony of the NHL off-season on Thursday, by signing their own ‘Finnish Flash’, Teuvo Teravainen, to an entry-level deal.
The Blackhawks drafted Teravainen 18th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Hailing from Finland, he has spent his entire hockey career inside Jokerit Helsinki’s system, with the U-16, U-17, U-18, and U-20 teams, before joining the Sm-Liiga men’s club. He has been impressive at every level, most recently scoring scoring 31 points in 44 games in 2012-13.
Teravainen’s speed is world-class, and could easily be matched up with some of the best on the Blackhawks today. Using a strong pushoff and acceleration to leave defenders flat-footed, Teravainen can then drive the net, or make a play with good vision and anticipation of his teammates’ (and defenders) next move.
The contract is a two-year deal, meaning the Blackhawks want the Fin on their team by the end of that contract at least. With the paperwork done, conversation around the Blackhawks’ camp has turned to his destination this season; he could play one more year in Helsinki, or come to America and play with the Rockford IceHogs, and accustom himself to the NHL-size ice. He will need to get substantially bigger if he wants to be durable at the professional level, as he is currently 5’11″, 165 lb. Let’s remember that the Blackhawks are defending Stanley Cup Champions, and favorites to repeat, so there is no need to rush his development.
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