The Chicago Blackhawks are built in a way that allows them to contend for years to come. They have the management, the coaching staff and the players to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup each year. They have won the Stanley Cup two times in the last four years and are one of the best offensive teams over the last decade. Just when you thought they couldn't get any better, they just might. When? That's to be determined. It all depends on the arrival of forward Teuvo Teravainen.
Teravainen, 19, was selected in the first round (18th overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had a strong training camp this past offseason and appeared in two preseason games with the Blackhawks, centering the top line. Although he didn't pick up a point in the preseason, Teravainen showed flashes of his potential and skill.
Teravainen is a 5'11, 175 pound center who is currently playing in Finland. He plays for Jokerit Helsinki, a team that he has played for over the last three seasons. In 29 games so far this season, Teravainen has scored three goals and added 14 assists. Those aren't eye popping stats by any means, but considering that he is only 19 years old and isn't surrounded by some of the world's greatest players, his 17 points are a respectable number at this time. He scored 13 goals and added 18 assists in 44 games last season.
Brandon Saad didn't know how to pronounce his name back in 2012 and if he still doesn't know how to, he will soon. It's easy to see that Teravainen is a special talent. He has the speed burst, the vision, the stick handling ability, the accuracy and he does a great job finding his teammates. Sound familiar? It almost reminds us of a young Patrick Kane. Looking at some of the clips in the video, he resembles Kane in the way that he can take on multiple defenders and stick handle through the defense. If he transforms into anything close to the player Kane is now, the Blackhawks will be more than happy.
It is unknown when exactly Teravainen will make his regular season debut for the Blackhawks. He could potentially join the team later this season after his season finishes in Finland, but that is unlikely. He will most likely join the team for the 2014 training camp and work his way on the team to start the 2014-2015 season.
Whenever he joins the team, he is sure to make an impact right away. The tools he possesses will put him in the best position to succeed along side the likes of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks' future looks bright and it could look even brighter with the addition of Teravainen. Let's hope he adjusts well to the NHL game and develops into a young star in this league. It's only a matter of time until we see him in a Blackhawks uniform, but until then we will wait patiently on the player that could take the NHL by storm.
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