Teravainen among three Blackhawks in ESPN's top prospects

Teravainen among three Blackhawks in ESPN's top prospects
August 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Paul Roumeliotis

ESPN Insider Corey Pronman released his Top 100 NHL prospects on Tuesday and Blackhawks fans will be happy with the rankings.

Teuvo Teravainen, who came in at No. 12, is one of three Blackhawks prospects to have made the list.

In the 2013-14 season, Teravainen played 49 games for Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League, or Liiga, where he tallied nine goals and 35 assists. After spending some time on the Rockford IceHogs, the 19-year-old got his first look in the NHL last season but only played in three regular season games and didn't register a point.

Here's ESPN's player summary:

Teravainen had a very impressive 19-year-old season, with a dominant performance in the under-20 camp in August 2013, a strong January, when he led the WJC in scoring, and an impressive spring, when he went on a lengthy run of accumulating points. His vision is off the charts, and when he gets the puck on the power play, it's just a matter of time before a scoring chance is created.

[MORE: Blackhawks impressed with Teravainen, but reiterate patience]

Ryan Hartman was the next Blackhawks prospect to crack the list, coming in at No. 66.

Hartman, 19, was the team's first round pick (No. 30 overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent the majority of last season developing in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers. He netted 23 goals and assisted on 37 others with the Whalers. 

Below is a report of the Chicago native:

Hartman's statistical production hasn't been too impressive, but he impresses regularly on a scouting level. He's small, but a high-energy and hard-nosed type of forward who can check good players. Hartman has a pretty good skill level as well, and showed the ability at the WJC to be a dangerous scoring forward.

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Adam Clendening concluded the Blackhawks prospects at No. 85.

Clendening, the Blackhawks' second-round pick in 2011, scored 12 goals and had 47 assists in 74 games played for the IceHogs last season. 

Despite ranking below Teravainen and Hartman, Clendening is arguably the most ready of the two players. 

Here's more on the 21-year-old defenseman:

Clendening has earned many accolades, and put up a ton of points at every level, but he's yet to do the most important thing: Play an NHL game. That's partially due to the Blackhawks' organizational depth on the blue line, though this is a key campaign for him. In terms of puck skills, vision and overall offensive IQ, Clendening is among the top in the AHL, and projects as a potential top power-play quarterback.

Nick Schmaltz, the Blackhawks' first-round pick this year, was also an honorable mention.