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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Final Thoughts On The Preseason

By Gail Kauchak
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Sep 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates scoring a goal during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

4.  Teravainen is going places. I mentioned in an earlier post that Teuvo Teravainen is the real deal.  Well, Saturday’s game didn’t change my mind.  For those of you that might have been getting sleepy towards the end of the game, you might not have noticed that Teuvo got promoted.  He played most of the third period on the first line with Toews and Hossa.  That’s right, he took Shaw’s spot, and Shaw moved to the third line to center Bryan Bickell and Ryan Garbutt.  Not a bad idea, Coach Q!

Teravainen also seems to have cemented a spot on the second power play unit this preseason.  With his vision and ability to make great entries, I don’t see any reason for this not to continue.  The Chicago Blackhawks need all the help they can get on the power play, and Teravainen could provide that spark.

Heck, if he keeps moving up in the world like this, I’m going to have to start calling him TT instead of Baby TT.

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3.  Baun’s on the bubble. Kyle Baun is the underdog that stood out this preseason.  He’s one of the final scrubs to not get cut, and he’s making a case for himself to make the team.  It was Baun that scored the very first goal of the preseason against the Detroit Redwings.  Three days later, he tallied 2 goals and 1 assist against the Montreal Canadiens. 

But then in the final 3 games, he lost his discipline a little.  He had a penalty in each of the games against the St. Louis Blues, and then against the Stars he had 2 back-to-back bad penalties.  This is the kind of thing that Coach Q does not tolerate.  Put this on top of the fact that he really didn’t show any offensive production in the last 3 games, and this could be a problem.

Remember, there’s the likes of Viktor Tikhonov (healthy scratch for the last game), and Marko Dano knocking on the door. Baun knows he can’t take anything for granted.

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