The hockey world descended on Pittsburgh this weekend for the 2012 NHL Draft and it was a pretty big question as to which direction the Chicago Blackhawks were planning to go with their pick.
Some had the Hawks looking at a center, while others were hoping for one of the top goalie prospects, or a defenseman. At no. 18 overall, the Hawks selected a player that not many had projected they’d end up with, in Tuevo Teravainen.
Not many had Tervainen slipping as far as 18, which is a reason few expected that he’d land with Chicago. Some projected him to go as high as no. 8. But this is a good value pick at 18 and could end up being a steal.
The Finnish product is still a couple of years away in his development, but he has an elite skill set, which has been compared to that of Patrick Kane. He was the no. 2 rated European prospect in the draft, Teravainen had 18 points in 40 games with Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League.
Teravainen is still a couple of years in his development, but is expected to be worth the wait. He has the potential to be elite on offense, with great speed and great hands.
The biggest concern with Teravainen is his size. He stands 5’11″ and just 165 pounds so he’s not a big body at all. He’ll be heading back to Europe to not only develop, but add some size as well. By all accounts, this pick could end up being a steal for the Blackhawks at no. 18 overall.