Will Teuvo Teravainen Stay Or Go With Kris Versteeg’s Return Wednesday?

By Keith Schultz

Feb 3, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) looks to pass during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The day of reckoning is close for Teuvo Teravainen and the 2015 season.  Teuvo has been a fixture in the lineup since Kris Versteeg was injured and has 2 goals and 2 assists to show for his efforts so far this season, but with Kris Versteeg looking to make his return to the lineup Wednesday night we will see what Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman really think of the young prospect this week.

Teuvo hasn’t taken the NHL by storm in his first full go around that is for certain.  He has shown quite a bit though since joining the team and yet while showing some growing pains which almost any young player will show in their first go around, he has shown that he has a ton of talent and has all the tools for a long career in Chicago and the NHL.

Sure Teuvo needs to gain some weight and avoid the corners but just like Patrick Kane he has already learned to escape those big hits after receiving a couple in the first couple of games.  Teuvo is a fantastic passer and when the level of winger increases on his line you will see a lot more pucks finding the back of the net.

One thing people say is look at how fast Brandon Saad looked comfortable when he arrived in Chicago, but let’s not forget he didn’t exactly fill up the stat sheet right away and he had the pleasure of playing with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews his first season while Teuvo has been playing with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw.

The thing I like most about Teuvo’s chances is that his game is 200 feet and not just on the offensive end.  The play everyone was talking about yesterday was a turnover at the blue line late in the second period.  Teuvo didn’t sulk or skate back without purpose, he busted back and in the end won the puck back. Sure he should have shot the puck instead of feeding the point, but that’s growing pains.

Just look at Detroit and Tartar who was brought in played last season and now is scoring goals like he belongs and one of the reasons that Detroit is a surprise team this season.

The question is who will the Blackhawks send back to Rockford.  The thing about Teuvo is he needs to play whether it’s in Chicago or Rockford there is no reason to waste away watching from the pressbox so it’s not just as simple as Teuvo or Joakim Nordstrom.

So if you are asking me Teuvo stays and centers the third line between Bickell and either Sharp or Versteeg and the bottom line is Ben Smith Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw.

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