BOSTON — Neither Stan Bowman, Joel Quenneville nor Teuvo Teravainen himself seems terribly concerned about the prospect of burning the first year of the Finnish prospect’s three-year entry-level contract.
But that doesn’t mean a decision has been made on whether Teravainen will be limited to nine or fewer games (regular season and playoffs combined) to prevent that from happening.
“Maybe we’ll be addressing that at some point, but I’m not aware of that,” Quenneville said. “We want to make sure we’re doing things the right way, but I’m not going to say he’s playing every night.”
Teravainen made his second appearance in as many games. The 19-year-old center looked sharp in his debut Tuesday against the Stars, acquitting himself well defensively while showing flashes of the offensive skills that have drawn comparisons to Patrick Kane.
Teravainen said nobody has talked to him about the team’s plans, but, obviously, he’d like to play as much as possible.
“Of course, I want to play,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. I played all my season in Finland, and I think what I’m doing here is a bonus. It’s no pressure for me.”
This is Teravainen’s first road trip with the Hawks, but he said the routine is nothing new for him — as he pointed out, he was playing in a professional league in Finland, too.
Brandon Saad, who knows a little something about being thrown into the fire as a young and touted prospect, is his roommate as well as his left wing (Jeremy Morin got a shot at right wing on Thursday). Saad said he’s brushing up on his Finnish to be more helpful.
“Just play your game, have fun,” Saad said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great player. If he has questions, I’m sure he’ll ask, but for now, he’s feeling it out.”
Teravainen said the first-game jitters are behind him, and he’s ready to get into the routine of being an NHL player — regardless of what the team’s plans are.
“It’s getting better every day — being myself, being more comfortable here,” he said. “I’m just so happy to be here.”