Back when the Chicago Blackhawks drafted him, all the way back in June, the general opinion was that they selected a steal in the first round, with the pick of Teuvo Teravainen.
Though he was considered a bit more of a “project” and had a longer wait time than other top prospects, thanks to a need to develop physically, Teravinen has the potential to be an elite player at some point down the line. It’s just a matter of when he’ll make it to the NHL.
As it turns out, that may be quite a bit sooner than we initially thought. While you shouldn’t expect to see him this season, at least an appearance in 2013-14 isn’t entirely out of the question.
As far as his skill goes, there is already plenty to be excited about. His hands are incredible. He’s smart with the puck and knows how to put it in the net. It’s just a matter of adding to that 5’11″, 160-something pound frame.
We saw Teravainen skate circles around other prospects at Blackhawks Prospect Camp in July. And he put on a show earlier this month at World Juniors Camp as well. He’s playing like he has something to prove after slipping a bit more than anyone expected in the draft.
Say what you want about the fact that his competition in those camps was a group of teenagers. He’s looked downright impressive so far.
It will still be a bit before we see him donning a sweater with an indian head on it, but there is certainly reason to be exciteda bout Teuvo Teravainen. If his size comes along quickly, and especially if he continues to play center, the Blackhawks have a potential stud that we could end up seeing quite soon.