Hawks' Teravainen continues producing despite busy schedule

Hawks' Teravainen continues producing despite busy schedule
December 12, 2013, 11:45 am
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Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen's had a busy last few months.

The 2012 first-round pick has spent the early part of the 2013-14 season playing around the world, beginning with the under-20 tournament in Lake Placid before heading to the Blackhawks' training camp.

"The Lake Placid tournament went well, there were a lot (of) players who're already in the NHL now, so it was a good measuring stick for me," Teravainen told NHL.com in a phone interview.

"Attending the Blackhawks' camp was also a great experience. It was useful for me to have a glimpse into that world, and to play a couple of exhibition games. Of course the game is much faster and everybody is a lot stronger than the players in Finland, but I thought I did alright."

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Teravainen garnered a lot of attention during that span before heading back to Finland to play his third season for Jokerit. The 19-year-old has continued to show progression there throughout the last three years, and he's now on pace to score 34 points in 50-plus games this season.

Teravainen told NHL.com that he's focusing on getting stronger in preparation for the NHL, but is confident "it's not that far away."

He's continued to adjust throughout the last few months as he's gone from playing in North America, back to Finland and then to Russia for another under-20 tournament.

Next up Teravainen's heading to Sweden for the IIHF World Junior Championships. Despite the heavy travel schedule and the adjustments he's had to make along the way, Teravainen's numbers have continued to improve. He's confident heading into the next tournament, and that ability to adapt to different situations will likely be a big payoff for the Blackhawks in the long run.

"In the World Juniors, we have a great team, again, but it's a short tournament and as we saw last year, anything is possible," he said. "You have to be able to play well from the first game, because if you're not ready in the preliminary round, you'll never get to the playoffs. We can beat any team."