23-Year-Old Center – Carolina Hurricanes
Teuvo Teravainen Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $2.86 million annually in June of 2017.
Teravainen had a goal and assist on the power play in a 2-1 preseason victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In what was largely a salary dump, the Blackhawks sent Teravainen along with Bryan Bickell to Carolina in July in exchange for draft picks. Teravainen had something of a breakout season last year, posting 13 goals and 22 assists in 78 games in what was largely a defensive, bottom-six role for the 'Hawks. That said, he was one of Chicago’s most versatile forwards, plugging holes on all four lines and playing all three forward positions throughout the season. With proven top-six ability, Teravainen immediately upgrades the playmaking ability of Carolina's forward ranks, and the team will likely give him a look on one of its top two lines once the season starts. From a fantasy perspective, Teravainen should be regarded as having immense potential and should not be overlooked in the middle to later rounds of your fantasy drafts this fall.
Teravainen cut his teeth slowly in 2014-15, playing as a fourth-line winger before settling in with Antoine Vermette and Patrick Sharp on the third line by season's end. He then eclipsed his nine regular-season points in 34 games with 10 in only 18 playoff contests. Four of the points came against the Bolts in the Stanley Cup Finals, showing that no stage was too grand for the 20-year-old. The slick-skating offensive wizard played well on the wing and could be a candidate to skate on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa this season. But there’s also talk Teravainen could move to center, an outcome that would drop him off the first line, and perhaps as low as the third. We’re thinking he’ll be needed on the wing, but watch the Hawks’ camp carefully.
Hopes for Teravainen starting with the Blackhawks this season probably were dashed with the signing of Brad Richards. The Blackhawks could choose to use the 20-year-old on a lower line, but most likely, he’ll be bound for AHL Rockford when the new season begins. He still is targeted as the team's second-line center in the long-term, but that would most likely come after the 2014-15 season.
The Blackhawks first round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is moving closer to seeing time with the big club. The reports of his play in the Finnish Elite League are very good and while he will most likely be playing in Finland again, he is getting closer to moving across the pond. He's an elite talent. Make sure he's on your keeper squad.
What a steal for the Hawks. No one raised his draft stock more this season than the talented Teravainen whose pure skill ranks him alongside Nail Yakupov as the draft class’ best. The knock on him is his size – he’s just 5-11 and about 160 lbs. But his elite vision, skill and offensive upside erase those concerns, and his flexibility to play both center and wing make him a potentially dangerous scoring forward. His fantasy potential is among the highest of the 2012 draft. He showed off his puck-handling ability at July's Prospect Camp and was considered the best player at the camp. Just don’t expect to see him soon – he was just four days removed from being eligible for the 2013 draft, so he has some developing to do.