We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.
Finally, Teuvo Time arrived for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014-2015 season, and after 34 games with the Chicago Blackhawks mostly in the 2nd half of the season my reaction was probably a yawn like most everyone elses. My question was what happened, Joel Quenneville juggled him around so much in the regular season that it was certainly impossible for a 20 year old kid with a super high skill level to ever get confidence.
In 34 games, Teuvo Teravainen scored 4 goals and collected 5 assists. He did find a niche on the bottom line which made people think that the kid didn’t just have a high skill set, but he was a gamer if he would put down any ego that he might have had and suck it up on the bottom line.
He did get some more offensive zone play afterPatrick Kane
went down with his broken clavicle injury, and there were times where he was just slick like this goal to beatRoberto Luongo
So, the playoffs begin and Teuvo is on the third line with Antoine Vermette while playing solid hockey, and all of a sudden against the Anaheim Ducks in Game #3 of the Western Conference Finals, Quenneville scratches both of them in a game the Hawks end up losing 2-1. Quenneville said the team needed fresh legs, but in the end it was the last time they would get scratched and the Hawks record after that incident was 7-3.
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Teuvo made two huge plays in Game #1 of the Stanley Cup final, scoring the tying goal and then creating the turnover to set up Vermette’s game winner.
Teuvo played very solid in the playoffs and now one must think heading into the 2015-2016 season his confidence and skill set should be on a collision course for a huge “breakout” season.
Here are his regular season stats and postseason stats.
Regular season- Games 34 Goals 4 Assists 5 +4 Game Winning Goals 1
Postseason- Games 18 Goals 4 Assists 6 +2 Game Winning Goals 1
Teuvo’s passes still amaze me with probably only Patrick Kane on the team has better vision which is high praise. The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t resign Brad Richards or Vermette so it sure feels like the organization is ready to give the center position to Teuvo with the blessing of Coach Q for the foreseeable future.
Can’t wait for Teuvo Time in 2015-2016!
Only 86 Days until Banner raising!
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