After being reassigned to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs on Thursday, Teuvo Teravainen's getting more ice time that he just wasn't seeing with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks' former first-round pick told ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers that he feels he's ready to play in the NHL, but will put in the work in Rockford for the time being.
“I think I can play in that league right now,” Teravainen said of the NHL prior to playing against the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. “I have played with men in Finland for 2-3 years, so I’m ready to play there. I think I played OK, but I think it’s not enough. I can play there, but it’ll take some time getting used to this league and this North American hockey. It’s different than European hockey. Like I said, I’m just learning every day here and just trying to help this team.”
Teravainen played in three games with the Blackhawks before being listed as a healthy scratch in the four matchups that followed.
While his trip to the AHL hasn't been ideal, Teravainen's happy to return to the ice and be back in game situations.
“I was kind of thinking maybe it would be better for me to come here and play some games,” Teravainen said. “It’s better than just practice. For me just to get game minutes, play some big minutes here, just try to help this team.
“It’s been good days here. It’s been good to play hockey again. I didn’t play a couple weeks. I just practiced. I think it’s more fun to play, of course. It’s good to play.”
Teravainen will continue to make adjustments with his new team. He's already looking ahead to next season, and hopes the work he puts in now will pay off when the Blackhawks' upcoming campaign rolls around.
"That’s my goal to be with the Blackhawks next season, when the season starts,” Teravainen said. “I just try to work hard in the summer. That’s going to be a lot of work.”