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Blackhawks, Teravainen not dwelling on Finnish prospect’s contract situation
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 following Thursday’s morning skate in Boston. “We’ll see. He’ll get some important games, and 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 will make his second appearance in as many games tonight as the Hawks return to TD Garden for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup here last June. The 19-year-old center looked sharp in his debut against Dallas on Tuesday, acquitting himself well defensively while showing flashes of the offensive talents that have drawn comparisons to Patrick Kane.
Quenneville said Kane’s absence is a big reason why Teravainen’s playing in the first place.
“With Kaner out, it gives us a chance to assess him and see who he could fit with and how much he’s going to play,” Quenneville said.
Teravainen said nobody’s talked to him about the team’s plans for him, 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 going here is a bonus. It’s no pressure for me.”
It’s 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. He 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 for him are.
“It’s getting better every day — being myself, being more comfortable here,” he said. “I’m just so happy to be here.”