Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen stars in camp
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org July 12, 2012 10:34PM
Updated: August 14, 2012 6:35AM
As much as 2012 first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen has impressed Blackhawks brass and fans during prospect camp, his opportunities to wow everyone at the NHL level will come later. Teravainen knows that.
“I don’t know if there’s so many expectations,” the 5-11, 165-pound forward said. “I’m just a 17-year-old boy. I have to grow very much and get stronger.”
Teravainen has been used at center at camp, and the Hawks have raved about what he has accomplished against older and bigger prospects.
“He’s going to be one of those tricky-type players,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Real handy with the puck. He’s going to be fun to watch.”
But that shouldn’t be this season.
“We’re not predicting when he’s going to play in the NHL,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “We’ve got good depth in our organization, so the timing of his development is not that important. It’s just making sure he does the work necessary to get stronger.
“[But] he’s got those things you can’t teach: the vision, the hockey sense of knowing where his teammates are and how to make plays. He could always get stronger. But it’s hard to improve a guy’s hockey sense. You have it or you don’t.”
With defenseman Dylan Olsen in line for a roster spot, there will be more opportunities for blue-liners in the system. After signing his three-year, entry-level deal, Adam Clendening, the 36th overall pick in 2011 and by far the most polished defenseman at prospect camp, hopes he can take advantage.
“I’m excited for the new task at hand,” said Clendening, 19, who had 59 points in 77 games in two years at Boston University. “I’d like to think that I’m not that far off.’’