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Teuvo time: ‘Hawks recall prized prospect Teravainen

Mar 21, 2014, 9:11 AM EDT

Teuvo Teravainen AP

Chicago Blackhawks fans no longer have to wait for the arrival of Teuvo Teravainen — he’s here.

The team announced they’ve recalled the 2012 first-round pick from Jokerit in the SM-liiga along with Jeremy Morin from Rockford. To make it happen they placed injured star winger Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve.

Teravainen is just 19 years old, but in three seasons with Jokerit he’s put up 93 points in 133 career games. A kid putting up beefy numbers like that in a professional league against players much older than him is no joke and a major reason why Blackhawks fans are filled with anticipation to see how he fits in the NHL.

It’s likely that with Kane out for at least a couple weeks we won’t see Teravainen plugged into the lineup immediately. Asking a new player to jump into the fire right away without practicing with the team is probably asking too much of him. That’s where Morin’s recall comes in.

That said, Teravainen’s skills have often been described as being like Kane’s. If he turns out to be anything at all like Kane once he gets into Chicago’s lineup, it’s going to seem really unfair.

  1. parasolmonster - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Here’s to hoping that the Hawks’ role players are the ones stepping up in Kane’s absence. Getting them to play better, and easing Teuvo into the system, could work out very well for the team once Kane returns for the playoffs.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    It’s SO nice to see that Chicago has more prized prospects just lurking around in the woodwork, despite their depth already in the NHL. That’s great.

    Really…that’s just effing fantastic.

  3. esracerx46 - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I have no idea how the Hawks sign guys like Kevin Hayes and Stephen Johns. Up against the 50 SPC cap.

  4. comeonnowguys - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    It feels like a lot of hype, but I think a lot of it is because StanBo has only been making course corrections during last few trade deadlines (Oduya, Handzus).

    So far, it’s worked out (I think Zeus stayed a year too late to the party, but I did like his contributions last year, and look at their record since Oduya came over. Causation? probably not, but their top 1-4 is as good as anyone’s).

    With the lack of splashy moves, watching the Blues get Miller and Ott, and the lack of a good second-line center to compliment Kane, I think people are just excited to have a shiny, and not necessarily expecting him to set the league on fire.

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