Teuvo Teravainen: Time For A Change Of Plans?

Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks have a plan for the 2013-2014 season, and one of those plans is that Teuvo Teravainen will be playing hockey in Finland.  The question is,  sometimes even the best laid plan needs a changeup, and from what he have seen and heard of from teravainen is it time to make a change of plans?

There have been articles written about Teravainen with comparisons to Patrick Kane, and words thrown out about him as special, one of a kind.  I read one tweet that said it all.

When the coach with the most wins and a legend that has been involved with 13 Stanley Cups talks about only one player at training camp that really says something.  Bowman has seen decades of hockey so if someone catches his eye out of all the players at camp, maybe there should be a change of plans.

Yes, there is a question of his size and strength heading to NHL action, but when Patrick Kane entered the NHL he was only 18 years old and fairly small and all he did was gone on to win the Calder trophy and end his first full season with 21 goals and 51 assists.  Speaking of Kane he had this to say about Teravainen.

Yes, the plan is for Teravainen to play in Finland and get lots of play at the highest levels in Finland, but the biggest question entering the 2013-2014 season for the Blackhawks is who will play #2 center.  Teravainen could be the solution for a question that has been asked for three seasons now.  Teravainen has been put in and not just held his own, but he shown off his talents no matter who’s on his wings so far during training camp including playing in between Kane and Bryan Bickell.

The Hawks brass has talked non-stop about the plan and patience with Teravainen, but this isn’t a first round quarterback who needs to watch from the sidelines.  They talk about him gaining experience by playing so why not play him right now in Chicago?

Why not scrap the plan of sending Teravainen to Finland and place the young sensation in between Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa and seal the deal at the #2 center.  The Hawks in this Golden age of Chicago Blackhawks hockey have been built with the young core starting with Kane and Jonathan Toews, so why not continue the tradition and put the young sensation Teravainen right into the fire for the 2013-2014 season?

Youth has been served in this era, Why not keep the fountain of youth flowing? What do you think? Should the Hawks rethink their plans for Teravainen?

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  • Michael Castelaz

    I think that most front offices that excel at drafting and developing, really develop… and with the Hawks, and now even Theo Epstein’s Cubs, part of the formula seems to be “put players where they’ll play the most.” Nothing takes the place of experience. Just like with anything else, when you think you’ve got it all figured out is when you really start honing your craft.

    He either comes here and plays with arguably lesser competition in the AHL, or comes here and plays more than 10 games at the NHL level and his contract becomes active. I’d rather wait a year and pay him his entry level contract when he’s 21, 22 and 23 years old.