The question had been out there for some time now: When will Teuvo Teravainen join the Chicago Blackhawks? Today, he does just that.
Teravainen was officially recalled from Jokerit of SM-Liija in Finland, as the Blackhawks prepare to host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the United Center.
The Blackhawks also recalled Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs on Friday morning. With those moves, and the signing of free-agent forward Matt Carey to a two-year deal on Thursday, the Blackhawks also placed Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve. Kane is expected to miss three weeks with a lower left-leg injury in the Blackhawks’ 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Going on LTIR means a player has an injury that will cause him to miss 10 games and 24 days.
Teravainen’s Finnish team, Jokerit, was eliminated from its league’s postseason last week. Since then, the big question was when Teravainen would join the Blackhawks. The explosive forward was impressive in the Blackhawks’ camp in September and he also had a tremendous World Junior tournament (two goals, 13 assists in seven games), helping Finland win the gold medal. Teravainen had nine goals and 35 assists in 49 games with Jokerit this season.
While there’s much ado about Teravainen’s arrival, general manager Stan Bowman, speaking on March 1, said the Blackhawks will not put overzealous expectations on the 19-year-old Teravainen.
“The nice thing for us with Teuvo is we don’t need to rely on him, even if he does come over,” Bowman said prior to the Stadium Series game that day. “He’s not going to be focal point of our team. At that age, you can’t put expectations too high. He’s going to be another player if he comes in, but he certainly has the talent to play with high-end players here.”
The Blackhawks will also get a familiar face back with the 22-year-old Morin, who’s played 15 games here this season. Morin’s been tremendous for the IceHogs this season, with 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games.