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Teuvo Teravainen Looks To Be The Odd Man Out

By Keith Schultz
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Feb 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates with defenseman Tim Erixon (34) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

One of the reasons the Chicago Blackhawks traded for Antonie Vermette was the thought that Joel Quenneville and possibly the entire organization weren’t confident that Teuvo Teravainen was quite ready for a top 6 role with the Chicago Blackhawks especially with Patrick Kane sidelined for the next 8-12 weeks.

The Blackhawks now have Vermette in the fold, the Blackhawks went to practice today and the lines looked as follows:

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So as you can clearly see that it looks like Vermette slides into Teuvo’s spot on the second line.  It is also the first time since December that we have seen Richards playing further down on the third line.

Teuvo showed his all-world skill on Thursday night with his sweet goal against Roberto Luongo when he no looked him and wristed one past the veteran goalie for the opening goal of the game.  On Friday night Teuvo struggled against the Tampa Bay Lighting with turnovers and going to the penalty box which probably could have sealed the deal but it sure did show areas that Teuvo needs to work on even though some things like the turnover were sorta bad luck.

That brings us back to the fact that the writing on the wall says that Teuvo could be heading back to Rockford when Antione Vermette finally gets back to Chicago because the Hawks need Teuvo to keep getting action and that won’t happen up in the pressbox of the United Center with the only other option being Joakim Nordstorm which doesn’t seem like a valid option right now with Daniel Carcillo being the only guy for the 4th line.

The problem for Teuvo is that the Hawks didn’t play him in Chicago the entire season to build trust with the coaching staff and experience on the ice at the NHL level and now Teuvo Time looks to be still a season away when the Hawks will be counting on Teuvo after the next salary cap purge.

Teuvo is the future but in this All-In season for the Chicago Blackhawks he wasn’t the current answer for the Hawks and their ability to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals

What do you think? Should Teuvo stay in Chicago?

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