Blackhawks pick winger Teuvo Teravainen at No. 18; no trades for now
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com June 22, 2012 11:30PM
HAWKS’ TOP PICK: Teuvo Teravainen
Position: Left wing
Back check: The Finnish winger was the second-rated European skater, according to the Central Scouting Rankings. He’s not big but has plenty of offensive skills. He’s said to have great vision but tends to stay on the outside.
Updated: July 24, 2012 9:54AM
PITTSBURGH — As expected, there were trades, including a blockbuster between the host Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes, during the NHL draft Friday at the Consol Energy Center.
None involved the Blackhawks — at least not yet.
‘‘I guess some things get close and then go a different direction,’’ general manager Stan Bowman said after the Hawks selected Finnish wing Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th overall pick. ‘‘We’ve had some in-depth discussions on a few different things, but [they] never came to be.’’
The Hawks were definitely active, and Bowman said he a lot of conversations with other GMs. Multiple sources said the Hawks have been dangling defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador.
Other than notable key players, Bowman said he wouldn’t rule anything out. He said he anticipates more moves in the coming days, leading into free agency on July 1.
‘‘A lot of the GMs I talked to had the same approach, which is it doesn’t have to get done tonight,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘We could easily do a trade on Monday. I actually anticipate there will be more trades as things go on with free agency looming, and, even as it starts, teams miss out on guys they were targeting as their free agent.”
Here are trades made Friday involving players:
◆ The Penguins traded standout center Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes for the eighth overall pick (Derrick Pouliot), center Brandon Sutter and defense prospect Brian Dumoulin. The Penguins also sent defenseman Zbynek Michálek to the Phoenix Coyotes for a third-round pick and a prospect.
◆ The Washington Capitals acquired Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro for center Cody Eakin and the 54th overall pick.
◆ The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2013 second-round selection.
◆ The Columbus Blue Jackets nabbed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for three draft picks, including this year’s No. 45.
The Hawks would benefit from having a proven center like Staal or Ribeiro to go with Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland. But it was clear Staal was headed to Carolina to join his brother, Eric, after contract talks broke down with the Penguins.
“We looked at a lot of guys, but I’m not going to say we were necessarily in one trade or not,” Bowman said. ‘‘Like I’ve said all along, we’re willing to do things if it makes sense, and when it does, we’ll pull the trigger. We’re not hesitant to do that.”
The Hawks were always content in using the 18th pick. Teravainen said he’ll spend next season in Finland.
‘‘We were really excited that he was still available when we picked,’’ Bowman said.
It’s no surprise, but Bowman said the Hawks never interested in acquiring picks from other teams, whereas others were clearly looking for more selections. Bowman has seven picks.
‘‘We’ve got some ideas with things we want,’’ he said of trade targets. ‘‘I wouldn’t characterize it as just one thing. We can go a few different ways. We’ve got a lot of guys that are attractive to other teams.
‘‘Depending on how we want to work it, if we can get the right player and if it’s the model we’re going with, then we’ll do it.’’