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Despite rave reviews, Hawks to return Teravainen to Finland

Sep 15, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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Even though he impressed the Chicago Blackhawks brass – Joel Quenneville described his vision as “special” – Teuvo Teravainen will be sent back to Finland instead of starting his NHL career, ESPN reports.

“I think we’re going to send him back, and he’s going to play over there,” Quenneville said. “But nice knowing there’s a real nice piece coming.”

The 19-year-old forward impressed Patrick Kane, who remarked that Teravainen’s “talent level is sky high.”

The 18th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft doesn’t seem to be too broken up about returning to Finland, as he’s almost guaranteed to play a bigger role than he would with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“[The camp’s] been very fun. I think my legs felt very tired. It’s pretty tough, but it’s fun to play with the good guys,” Teravainen said. “It’s an awesome experience for me … I feel good. I think I can maybe play here, but I think I need to get stronger and go back to Finland and get minutes there.”

If he’s as good as advertised, the rest of the league could be in trouble … just not until the 2014-15 season, at the earliest.

  1. Jackson Scofield - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Too bad Jokerit is joining the KHL after this coming season… would hate to see them steal him away for good.

  2. DTF31 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Crazy idea. A team not rushing their best prospects into the line up

  3. alexbaymac - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Might want to update the last line (If he’s as good as advertised, the rest of the league could be in trouble … just not until the 2014-15 season, at the earliest.); I’m pretty sure we could see him back here for a few games after his league wraps up in the spring, maybe even in April!
    I’m also pretty sure they’ll keep him under the 10 game magic number to let his 3-year contract slide out another year but wouldn’t you also be surprised if we didn’t see him for a few games this year?

  4. lowenni - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    What are you talking about man? Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the US. If you don’t like it, good for you. No reason for you to share your negative and inaccurate opinion, because, frankly, no one cares.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    This clown has been posting his garbage all over PHT. Why come to a hockey site only to disparage the sport? Some people live to troll, must be a pretty sad existence.

    As for Teravainen… talk about a steal. I remember watching him fall in the draft and hoping against hope that he’d land in the Flyers lap. But the Blackhawks scouting dept is too good to let a top-10 talent like him get past them. This kid’s gonna be an unbelievable compliment to the likes of Kane and Toews.

  6. helladonks - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    dont. feed. THE TROLLS

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