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Teuvo Time Looks To Be 86’d This Season

By Keith Schultz

Oct 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing

Teuvo Teravainen

(86) looks to pass as New York Rangers defenseman

Marc Staal

(18) closes in during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of things you can decipher from the moves that have happened this week with the Blackhawks roster, with one of them being Patrick Sharp was hurt worse than originally thought but it’s good to read that he’s back skating again.

A second thought is that Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville appear to be on the same page with the call ups of forward Joakim Nordstrom and Phillip Danault.  Both play a 200 foot game and are more defensive minded that offensive minded and fit in Q’s total package players that he desires although Nordstrom’s game is very plain and Danault is to be the next Marcus Kruger.

Another thing that one can look through the roster moves is that it is becoming more unlikely that we will see Teuvo Teravainen in a Blackhawks jersey this season.  If there was a time to bring up Teuvo for a cup of coffee it is know with Patrick Sharp injured and Andrew Shaw out with a mysterious injury, but the franchise decided against that move leaving Teuvo in Rockford to work on his “American Game”.

People that are anti-Teuvo will of course point to the fact that he needs more seasoning at the AHL level while working on his craft and becoming more defensively responsible which of course can be said about almost any prospect in Rockford.  Also they will say he’s too small and needs to bulk up because the NHL will be tough for his small frame even though all pre-season the organization was floating how much weight he gained during the summer.

There is the other side of the argument that say get Teuvo to the NHL now and let him learn on the fly since his skill level has a very high ceiling.  The Blackhawks until the past 4 games have been missing creativity and offense and adding Teuvo would have been a breath of fresh air.  This current Blackhawks golden age was built on youth and talent with the 2010 core being extremely young and adding a young talented Teuvo would fit right into that mold that built the franchise from failures to champions.

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For now it looks like that #FreeTeuvo is on hold until next fall at the earliest during the 2015-2016 training camp when we will hear again about  his weight gain since arriving from Finland in 2013. It almost feels like Teuvo is just a myth not something real.  What do you think, are you ok that Teuvo will be an IceHog all season long even though he’s the #1 rated prospect of the Chicago Blackhawks?

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