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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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Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) watch the puck during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Concern No. 3: Physical Limitations

Add into the misposition of having Teravainen at the center spot, he stands a shade under 6 feet tall and weighs in at just about 175 pounds. His frame is slimmer than the average player in the NHL (6-1, 202 lbs.), and playing in the NHL’s Central Division doesn’t help him at the center position, when you have to line up against players like David Backes (6-3, 221 lbs.) in St. Louis, Mikko Koivu (6-3, 215 lbs.) in Minnesota and Mark Scheifele (6-3, 207 lbs.) in Winnipeg. That’s just a sample of who plays center in the division, let alone the rest of the big centers in Western Conference as a whole.

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If Teravainen wants to be a success in the NHL, he will have to become a full-time wing player and a possible part-time center. His skills are made for the wing position anyway, as he is a speed player who has nearly a 100 percent finesse game, not made for the middle of the ice in the NHL. As stated before, Teravainen is regularly out-muscled on both ends of the ice and rarely will win puck battles below the goal line. It’s not for a lack of trying by any means — it simply boils down to him not being the right size or playing the right style to be a top-end center in the NHL. If he is going to be compared to the style and potential of Kane, play him that way.

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