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
Last week I promised you an update on the World Junior Championships, but something much more exciting has transpired these last couple days. That’s right ladies and gentleman it is finally Teuvo time. Let me just give you a quick rundown of the World Junior Championships first.
The United States was eliminated in the quarter finals for the second consecutive year, this time at the hands of the Russians. This is yet another year that the United States team had some pretty lofty expectations, but failed to meet them. In other news Canada continues to dominate and looks like it’s on a crash course for the gold this year.
Without further ado I give you Teuvo Teravainen. The twenty year old Finnish scoring sensation is getting his shot with the Hawks. Kris Versteeg left the winter classic with a hand injury that could sideline for up to a month, paved the way for the recall of Teravainen. Teuvo, who started slow in Rockford, found his stride put up 23 points (6 goals and 17 assists) in thirty-three games in Rockford. He has started to adapt to the North American game and his game has proven that. Head Coach Ted Dent has praised Teuvo’s defensive ability which should bring a smile to Q’s face.
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Now I’ve been called a Teuvo hater and before and that’s not true. I said at the beginning of the season that Teuvo needed to be sent to Rockford to continue to adapt to the pro game. He needed time to adjust and there was no need to rush him into the NHL. The Blackhawks have an excellent situation where they can take their time with prospects and develop them properly, unlike the Oilers. The Oilers rushed Leon Draisaitl’s development by keeping him around in the NHL this season, instead of sending him back to the CHL, which they finally did, but not before burning a year off his contract. Now after Versteeg’s injury Teuvo has his chance to prove to Coach Q and the rest of the Hawks brass that he belongs in the NHL.
If Teuvo finds his stride in the NHL the Blackhawks will have a tough call to make once Versteeg returns from Injury. Teravainen has the skills to be a force in the NHL. Let’s see if he can put them all together and make the most of his time with the Hawks. Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear your thought about the Teuvo call up.