Teravainen makes instant impact on return to ‘Hawks
By Chris Long
While workers at the BMO Harris Center prepared for an upcoming professional bull riding event, the IceHogs were on their way to Texas for back-to-back games against the Stars.
They won’t have Teuvo Teravainen in tow. The 20-year-old Fin was called back to Chicago to rejoin the Blackhawks and opened the scoring in Thursday’s 3-0 win over the Panthers.
The move comes in the wake of an injury to Patrick Kane who will miss the rest of the NHL’s regular season with a fractured clavicle.
Teravainen, the Blackhawks’ 18th overall pick in 2012 developed a reputation as a pass-first player during his time in Rockford. He scored six goals and contributed 19 assists in 39 games.
Mike Peck, who does the play-by-play broadcasts of IceHogs games, said Teravainen is adjusting nicely to the style of hockey in North America.
“(Teravainen’s) light years ahead of where he was in October,” he said.
Although he probably won’t play in Texas, defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will join the IceHogs in order to get back into hockey shape.
The first round draft pick from the University of New Hampshire, van Riemsdyk struggled to produce with Chicago. In 18 games he had one assist before he fractured his left patella on Nov. 16.
“Right now if he gets healthy and gets able to play, it’s almost like you pick up a guy at the end of the trading deadline or another asset,” Joel Quenneville told ESPN.com reporters last week.
“You can never have enough defensemen. That depth is something we feel that whether he’s going to be a part of it right off the bat, we’ll see, but certainly we feel he can help us at some point.”
The Blackhawks are also deep at the goaltender position. Peck called all four of the organization’s goaltender’s “NHL caliber.”
Both the Blackhawks and IceHogs have good chances to make their respective playoffs. As the trade deadline approaches on March 2, it makes sense to speculate if Michael Leighton or Scott Darling will be traded for a forward to replacement the injured Kane.