The Chicago Blackhawks figured forward Teuvo Teravainen would be long gone by the time their first-round selection rolled around in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. But come that 18th overall pick, Teravainen was there, and soon theirs.
Now he’s signed for a few years with them, too.
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The Blackhawks agreed to terms with Teravainen on a three-year contract on Thursday afternoon. The 18-year-old Teravainen had a career-high 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 44 regular-season games with Jokerit of the SM-liiga (Finnish Elite League). He was that league’s rookie of the year in 2011-12.
Upon drafting the young Finn in 2012, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman called Teravainen “a dynamic offensive player with great hands and the ability to make plays. He’s got great speed and is a really gifted offensive player. The talent that you can get at that level, picking at the 18th spot, is pretty impressive.”
Teravainen recorded five goals and six assists in six games at the 2013 U20 World Championship.