Concern No. 1: Lack Of Confidence
Finally, the one thing that Quenneville continually said about Teravainen all season was he just needed to find his confidence again. His play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs was a glimpse into what Teravainen can bring to the Blackhawks on a regular basis, and for some reason he lost that confidence this season and could not find it again.
It could be the role he was playing, it could be who he was playing with. But for one reason or another, Teravainen was not the same player who ended last season.
One thing that stood out once the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season was that Teravainen did not join Team Finland at the IIHF World Championships in Russia. If Teravainen was notably in better spirits and playing at a better level when Kimmo Timonen (a fellow countryman) joined the team late last season, why not join Team Finland for the tournament and play alongside guys who you know internationally and can be more comfortable around?
If there was a player who could have benefited from continuing to play this spring and play for his country, it would’ve been Teravainen.