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Teuvo’s time is up: ‘Hawks send Teravainen to AHL

Apr 10, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks rookie Teuvo Teravainen, from Finland, skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP

Maybe the hype was a tad premature.

On Thursday, Chicago sent ballyhooed prospect Teuvo Teravainen to AHL Rockford, just two weeks after he made his NHL debut in a 4-2 win over Dallas.

All told, the 19-year-old appeared in just three games for Chicago prior to his demotion, going pointless while registering just four shots on goal (all of which game in a Mar. 30 loss to Pittsburgh.)

He’s been a healthy scratch in each of the last four games — all Chicago wins, coincidentally — as ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville made it clear the team’s focus was on points and playoff positioning, not letting a rookie learn on the job.

“It’s a big league, it’s a hard league,” Quenneville said, per NWTimes.com. “We want to make sure that we’re going along here. We want to make sure that we’re helping ourselves get points.

“At the same time, I think [Teravainen's] learning as well.”

Prior to joining the ‘Hawks, Teravainen was considered to be one of the best players outside the NHL. He starred for the gold medal-winning Finnish team at the ’14 World Juniors — making the All-Star team while leading the tournament in scoring — and tore it up with SM-liiga team Jokerit following the Worlds, finishing the year with 44 points in 49 games.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    No dishonor in that at all. He played well, but playoffs around the corner and he’s definitely not ready for that. My bigger hope is Morin stays up. This time around he has been lights out. Not sure who he’d replace though.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Fingers crossed for Bollig or Handzus. Got a feeling if he plays it might be Versteeg.

    • slysipops - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      MORIN should definately stay ! actually the team has been playing better …AS IS ! ……. maybe keeping HANDZUS on the side ( he looked asleep most of yesterday’s game ) to make room for TOEWS would be a good start for the SCP round #1 ? all the TEUVO TIME hype in the CHICAGO press didn’t surprise me at all ..( i was born in CHICAGO ) ! if the CUBS and SOX each won their first few games of the season , the dipsticks would start hyping a CITY SERIES !!

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        To be fair though, most of the Hawks looked sleepy in the 1st 2 periods. it was the 3 rd period when they woke up.

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I was there for his first game, which in no way makes me an expert. Just felt like gloating a little. But he looked like the first thing on his mind was defense. Which is not a bad thing. Also, in that game he was always the first one off the ice not wanting to be caught out too long. Again not a bad thing either when trying to learn the North American game. But he wasn’t playing his game. You saw flashes of it where he made an outlet pass for a Saad break away, but went for a change before right away.

    I’m glad they’re preserving that first year, and I thought they would have sent him to Rockford right away. Hopefully Teuvo being sent down is a sign that Morin stays up. Morin has been awesome.

  3. prd797 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I’m still happy with the little stint Teuvo got with the big club. This was his offseason anyway, and it was all gravy for him to get to spend time practicing and playing with the big club and getting to know what’s expected and what his teammates are like.

    In the short-term he gives Rockford a decent infusion of some young offensive talent while they push for the playoffs. And the biggest benefit from all of this will allow him to play with some of the other young Chicago prospects and get some ice time in the tail end of the AHL regular season (and maybe the Calder Cup playoffs) that he probably wasn’t going to get in the playoffs with the Hawks anyway.

    Excited to see what the kid will look like after a summer of training and learning how to better play on North American ice. #86 seems like he’s a heady player and I look forward to hear about his play from here on out in Rockford and in the next preseason.

  4. slysipops - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    hopefully the coaches will wake up to what has been working …AND WHAT HAS NOT BEEN WORKING !

  5. dhawks19 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Rather him play in the AHL than not at all. He’ll play big minutes there and will be able to adjust to the smaller ice.

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