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Blackhawks shower Teravainen with praise after his debut

Mar 26, 2014, 9:57 AM 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

From a statistical perspective, Teuvo Teravainen’s NHL debut with Chicago wasn’t remarkable.

The 19-year-old forward logged 11:39 minutes and was 7-0 on the draw, but recorded no points, shots on goal, hits, or blocked shots in the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory over Dallas.

He impressed his teammates though, who were more than happy to add to the hype already surrounding the 2012 first-round pick.

“I thought he was awesome,” Duncan Keith told CSN Chicago. “There were a couple times there in the (defensive) zone where we made couple quick plays to one another and were able to get it out of the zone. He has so much patience and skill. He’s going to be an unbelievable player in this league.”

Keith went on to compare Teravainen to a young Patrick Kane. Kris Versteeg sees shades of Kane in Teravainen too when it comes to his puck control and skill.

Of course, they’re not saying that Teravainen is at that level yet, but clearly the Blackhawks feel the ceiling is very high for him.

Teravainen joined the team after leading Finland to a gold medal in the 2014 World Junior Championship and recording 44 points in 49 games with Jokerit of the SM-liiga in 2013-14.

  1. parasolmonster - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Good debut by the kid – I was impressed.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Blues fan here.

      Greeeeeeaaaaaaattttttttttt… F***!

  2. hockey412 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    That’s just great. Just great.

    • hockey412 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      7-0 on faceoffs. In his first NHL game. ok got it. great.

  3. lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I watched the game and he really did make some fantastic, veteran-like plays in the offensive zone. Very impressive for someone who’s only just playing on the smaller ice surface for the first time. My favorite play was in front of his own net when he collected the puck and froze the forechecker coming into him by toedragging the puck back, confusing him, and then calmly saucing a nice pass out to one of his teammates skating out. Great play. It just isn’t even fair how loaded the Hawks are gonna be with him. The rich get richer, but you gotta admire and respect their drafting and scouting ability.

    • lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      *veteran-like plays in the DEFENSIVE zone
      (he was pretty good on O too though)

  4. flames7pardy - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Good job Feaster, passing him up for Jankowski made so much sense.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      caps fans should be mad at mcphee too, he passed on him twice…..

  5. comeonnowguys - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    No points?

    I guess he was overrated!

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM


  6. earpaniac - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Hopefully we found our 2C that we’ve been looking for since the Reagan administration.

    • lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I’m still trying to figure out how you guys won the Cup with Michal Handzus as your 2nd line center. Don’t even want to think about how strong the Hawks top-6 will be with Teuvo there instead of him…
      Not fair.

      • parasolmonster - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        The first mistake you made was dissing ‘Zus like that.

      • lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Nothing against Handzus, good veteran player who played very well in last seasons playoffs, but I’d have to think on a contending team you wouldn’t want him as your 2C…

  7. hockeyornothing - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Welcome to Chicago!!!
    Fantastic first game – impressive doesn’t begin to describe. I’m kind of glad TT didn’t get any points. Leaves more openings for lots of future story lines. I thought he added a missing spark to the whole team. And the crowd welcome was phenomenal. Hope he had a chance to soak it all in.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      nothing beats the storyline of scoring a goal in your first game on your first shot on your first shift. i cant think of a single future storyline that would be better than that related to a career start.

      • lilroot9 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Rob Ray was able to do that. Just a story, does not mean much past that.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        lemieux did it too. i’d say it meant more in his case than rob ray’s.

      • lilroot9 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        jpelle82 I agree, what I was saying is it is just a story, does not mean he will be a great goal scorer or anything.

      • hawksin5 - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        toews and shaw did that.

  8. djshnooks - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Good for Chicago. It will make it easier to lose Kane when he goes home in 2015.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      If that doesn’t happen, does Buffalo shut down and give up like Cleveland and Lebron?

  9. sharksfan97 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Sharks grabbed Hertl right before TT. I was upset at the time, until I saw Hertl score 4 in like his 3rd NHL game and put up 15 goals in his first 35 before going down on a cheap shot knee by Dustin Brown.

  10. slysipops - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    he looked good to be sure. 7/0 on faceoffs was a key also. he didn’t look awed or scared to do something wrong , but instead showed confidence. now if only the great CHICAGO media doesn’t make his head swell up to where he can’t play his game anymore……. as they have done so many times in the past !

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