Mar 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) reaches for the puck against Dallas Stars center Dustin Jeffrey (11) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Today Teuvo Teravainen leaves his teenage years behind and enters his twenties. While still not legal to drink a beer in the United States, Teravainen contributions to the Blackhawks will hopefully be celebrated by many fans beers. Teravainen was drafted by the Blackhawks with 18th pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Most people believed that Teravainen was a steal for the Blackhawks at 18. After spending three seasons with Jokerit Helsinki in Finland SM-Liiga and the Finnish World Junior Teams, Teravainen made his North American debut last season. He only appeared in three games with the Blackhawks not recording a point. After his three game stretch with the Blackhawks, he was sent down to AHL. He appeared in five games with the Rockfords Ice Hogs. He recorded 2 goals in five games and was a + 2 rating. To Teravainen defense, he did play a lot of hockey last season. He appeared in 84 games between Jokerit, Finnish National games, the Blackhawks and Ice Hogs.
Earlier this week the NHL released its top 60 NHL prospects and Teravainen ranked 5th according to the NHL. Jonathan Drouin of Tampa Bay, John Gibson of Anaheim,Evgeny Kuznetsov and Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart were the four ranked higher than Teravainen. Despite not getting any first place votes, Teravainen is still regarded as one of the best prospects in the NHL. Most people think it is a sure thing that Teravainen makes the Blackhawks out of training camp, but I still have my doubts. The Blackhawks might decide to have Teravainen to continue to learn the North American game in the AHL before bringing him up to the NHL full time.
Regardless of where Teravainen starts this season, he will end it with the Blackhawks.