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Chicago Blackhawks: Teuvo Teravainen And 5 Reasons For Concern

By Mario Tirabassi
Jan 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Teuvo Teravainen A Big Question Mark For Chicago

Since being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 18th overall in 2012, the expectations for Teuvo Teravainen have been high. Rightfully so. Teravainen entered the Blackhawks organization as an impressive play-making center, having already played three seasons with Jokerit Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League, tallying 93 points in 133 games by the age of 18. When he debuted in March 2014 with the Blackhawks, the projections were that Teravainen could one day become the next Patrick Kane for Chicago, bringing a ton of speed, flare and flash to his game.

Fast forward to the end of the 2015-16 season for the Blackhawks and Teravainen is seen as a potential trade piece for Chicago as the salary cap crunch hits the Blackhawks once again. After spending time half of the 2014-15 season with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL, Teravainen became a more regular part of Chicago’s lineup late in the season and emerged as a key player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying 10 points in 18 games and helping Chicago hoist its third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

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Teravainen regressed in 2015-16 by failing to secure a regular starting-lineup spot with Chicago, bouncing anywhere from the third-line center position, to the top-line wing spot, to a fourth-line spot. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville talked all year about Teravainen trying to garner that confidence that he played with during the Western Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final last spring, but he never found it. What he has found now is himself in quite the rough spot: A young, high-ceiling-potential talent who hasn’t fully lived up to it yet, in a contract-negotiating offseason with a financially strapped team.

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It was a rough 2015-16 season for the 21-year-old Teravainen, and here are five reasons that the Blackhawks should be concerned for him.

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