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Blackhawks: Every First Round Pick Traded Away By Stan Bowman

Chicago Blackhawks Draft (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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2012 – Teuvo Teravainen – 18th Overall

Teuvo Teravainen should still be a Chicago Blackhawk. He was once dubbed to be the next star of the Blackhawks after Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and in my opinion, should not have been traded away as a sweetener.

Teravainen was everything the Blackhawks were looking for in a forward. He was like Patrick Kane in size and had the ability to score goals when the team needs him. Ever since joining Carolina, he has stepped up tremendously, and he is going to be a big part of their team for years to come.

Teuvo showcases another flaw in the Blackhawks farm system. Sometimes it seems like they are putting too much on the young rookie’s plate, to the point where I believe they are hurting their stock with the team.

In Teuvo’s first season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2015, the Blackhawks were trying to play him as a second-line center at times, and they believed that he could do a lot more than he was showing not he ice.

I think Stan Bowman forgot that Teravainen was still a relatively young player in 2016, and I hope he realizes that is one trade the team would be better off without. Playing a 21-year-old 15:21 minutes a night in what would technically still be his rookie season in 2015-16 just does not seem right.

Obviously sometimes it is best to move on from draft picks when a good deal comes around. The next player on this list represents one of those times.

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