Teuvo Teravainen Gets His Chance to Show He Is Ready for Prime Time

January 4th, 2015 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

Teuvo Teravainen is getting the opportunity he has wanted since the start of training camp.

He has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks, and it appears he is going to get at least one month to show that he belongs in the NHL and can play with the best players in the world.

Kris Versteeg's left hand injury has opened the door for Teravainen. The highly touted 20-year-old Finnish forward was recalled from the Blackhawks' minor league team in Rockford after Versteeg absorbed a shot in his hand during the Winter Classic Thursday afternoon.

According to Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com, head coach Joel Quenneville said Versteeg, who had been enjoying a resurgent year with the Blackhawks prior to the injury, will be out about a month.

Versteeg had scored nine goals and had 18 assists in 34 games this season while posting a team-high plus-14 rating.

Teravainen was the Rockford IceHogs' second-leading scorer with six goals and 17 assists in 33 games, and while he showed off his slick passing ability along with his stick-handling talents, his performances were quite inconsistent.

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