With the 18th overall selection in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Teuvo Teravainen.
Teravainen, who “plays a lot like Patrick Kane,” was ranked 5th by McKeens, 12th by The Hockey News and 7th by TSN.
This is from McKeen’s final draft guide:
“Teravainen possesses hand skills that are unrivalled by any other prospect in this draft, registering the highest marks for his playmaking and puckhandling skills in this year’s draft class.”
He’s listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds, and played for Jokerit Helsinki last season.
This is from TSN:
“He is elusive and is like a chess player in that he can anticipate moves 3-4 steps ahead of his opponent. Excellent agility and balance & he maneuvers away from danger and opposing checks very well. Great hands in traffic and he’s able to make any type of pass under any circumstance and he has a very good shot that makes him a multiple threat when he’s on the ice.”
He will return to play in Helsinki this year.