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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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Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates past Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates past Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Concern No. 4: Lack Of Regular Lineup Spot

The second concern for the Blackhawks to have is that Teravainen cannot find a good fit or consistent production from either the wing or the center position.

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While Quenneville has tried Teravainen with multiple line combinations, he has also played him at all three forward positions within those different line combinations.

He played on the right wing with Artemi Panarin and Anisimov in the recent Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup against the Blues. He played on the left wing at times this season with both the top-line group of Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and the fourth-line group of Marcus Kruger and Shaw. But Teravainen’s natural position is at the center spot, where he has played most of his time with the Blackhawks organization.

Over the 2015-16 season, Teravainen took 309 faceoffs, winning just 40.5 percent of those draws. Those 309 faceoffs ranked sixth for the Blackhawks last season, with Teravainen taking fewer faceoffs than Shaw and Phillip Danault, and his 40.5 winning percentage was last out of the seven Blackhawks who took 300 or more faceoffs in the season (Dennis Rasmussen, Shaw, Kruger, Danault, Anisimov and Toews). With his numbers being so low from the faceoff circle, it’s no wonder that Chicago has had to try him on the different wing positions with a multitude of different linemates.

Next: Concerns #3

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