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Kris Versteeg Could Be Out A Bit, Could It Be Teuvo Time?

By Keith Schultz
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Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) battles for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) in the first period during the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) battles for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) in the first period during the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Kris Versteeg blocked a shot in the third period of the Winter Classic and had to leave the ice losing his shot at scoring in all three Blackhawks outdoor games, but to make matters worse Joel Quenneville said that Versteeg could be out for a bit which if you speak Quennevillian you know that is three or more weeks usually.

It would be a real shame for Versteeg who after a dismal season last year and really turned his game around with an entire offseason to work out instead of rehabilitate and even after missing the start of the season to an injury had looked like his old self playing with Patrick Kane.

Now today his hand is injured and that means a bit could mean a call up.  Let’s all say it #FreeTeuvo.

Sure Teuvo Teravainen might not had been ready at the beginning of the season or even a month ago when it sounded like he was beginning to sulk after Joakim Nordstrom and Phillip Danault were called up before him even if Teuvo is considered the #1 prospect in the organization and the most talented player not playing in Chicago wearing a Rockford jersey.

His game has done the talking since the sulking through his agent which included a 4 point weekend  this past weekend with 2 goals and 2 assists and it seems like every time you follow a Rockford game Teuvo is buzzing and picking up at least a point so much so that after a slowish start is now 4th in the AHL in rookie points.

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The solution if Versteeg is out seems simple put Andrew Shaw on a wing a bring Teuvo to play center and showcase his talent with a window long enough that Quenneville could get comfortable with him before the playoffs approach.

Granted it would be great if Versteeg is day to day  instead of out for a bit, but if it’s a worse case scenario let’s bring in the best case talent once and for all.

What do you think? Is it finally Teuvo Time?

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