The Blackhawks are in town to face the Bruins, and aside from the already considerable talent they have on their team, they've recently got a little bit extra to play around with.
19-year-old Finnish forward Tuevo Teravainen will be skating in his second-career NHL game tonight against the Bruins when the puck drops just after 7:00 p.m. Teravainen is a highly-touted prospect known for his stickhandling and puck skills.
|Teravainen made his NHL debut vs Dallas (via committedindians.com)|
Teravainen was drafted 18th overall in the 2012 entry draft by the Blackhawks and has played for Jokerit in the Finnish Liiga. He was recalled by Chicago last week and played in his first NHL action Tuesday vs the Dallas Stars, a game in which they won 4-2. Teravainen didn't register a shot on goal in 11:39 seconds of ice time. He did go 7-7 in the faceoff circle, however.
The book on Teravainen from EliteProspects reads as follows:
A forward who can play as either a center or winger, Teravainen is a solid scorer with very good playmaking skills. He has fantastic on-ice vision and excellent hockey IQ as well as very good puck-handling. Teravainen is very creative and his playmaking ability makes him effective on the powerplay. He is often able to play his way out of trouble but still needs to improve his physicality and grit. Teravainen has the smarts, hands and vision to play in North America but has issues with his skating, overall strength and two-way play.
Similar to the path Bruins forward Carl Soderberg took to get to Boston, the Blackhawks will be looking to bring along Teravainen and get him acclimated to the North American game.
Going up against arguably the toughest, biggest and strongest team in the NHL in the Bruins should be quite the experience for the young Finn.