35 thoughts on “Teuvo Teräväinen Debuts Tonight

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I predict at least 5 assists.

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

    So after the long wait filled with more hype and intrigue than a visit from the Pope – is there any possible way this won’t be a let down to some degree short of him scoring a hat trick and beating the snot out of Roussel? All of us better enjoy these last few hours of worshiping the icon of hype we’ve created before reality hits somewhere between 7:00 and 9:30 tonight. That is in no way, shape or form suggesting that TT won’t be a good player and maybe eventually a very good player – just that the thud sound we will hear tonight is the unrealistic expecations hitting the floor.

    I just hope he plays within himself and doesn’t trip over the blue line. I can’t imagine the pressure this kid must be feeling knowing all the hype swirling around him.

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    JS – you mean in the 1st period – don’t you? :)

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    ER- Well 5 assists in the first period to go with his 5 goals scored. He’s going to be so amazing he’ll get assists on his own goals.

    The hype was put on him by the Blackhawks themselves, which makes it extra weird.

    I like the idea of him playing with Saad and Smith though.

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    My HOPE is for 1 pt. Anything above that is gravy. and if he doesnt get a point, then yes, i hope he just plays his game and finds a groove he can build on. I just dont want to see him give up 3 Turnovers that lead to breakaways and stuff like that. I dont expect him to beat the NHL by himself… I just want to see a foreseeable end to the days of playing Zus in anything beyond a 4th line/PK/FO Specialist role. If TT hits the ground running, that will happen…

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    As we all know, high expectations are seldom realized, so we need to be patient. This kid can play IMO, and has skills already visible that should translate into some success on the big stage. Kaner being hurt could allowTT to do some good things for our PP that has struggled of late. He will make mistakes and get embarrassed as he begins the NHL learning curve. Pure talent should make the transition quicker than with some other guys. The Hawks can use a player like TT who creates space like Kaner does. I think whatever line-mates he gets will be happy TT is their center. The kid seems to like playing defense. This should help him fit in with the system that Q likes the Hawks to play.

    Welcome TT. Keep your head up kid!

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    what other lines were you thinking JS?

    23/19/81? 10/65/11? 52/16/12-26? thats what i would assume with an 20/TT/28 line…

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Handzus is centering Shaw and Sharp. Morin is back to wearing a suit. Makes sense, since Handzus top end speed matches up perfectly with the quick transition game that Dallas plays.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    In addition to the tweet yesterday from Bobby Mac where he (correctly) stated that TT would play between Saad and Smith, I guess he also tweeted that TT may get some PP time, which of course makes sense because he did a lot of his scoring in Finland while on the PP where he played on the right side half boards very similar to Kane. I hope that’s the case. But I also hope he gets some time on the PK which he played a lot in Finland too. He has a good stick and anticipation and I think will eventually be a good PKer for the Hawks.

    By the way – I hope all you Blackhawks beat writers are feeling shame today because an out of towner beats you in announcing the TT lineup news. Asleep at your keyboards again eh?

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I am curious to see where/how Joel plays him tonight.

    Here is what his GM said about him,…”I can’t compare him to Gretzky — it’s unfair,” but the 19-year-old Teravainen is a rare talent.

    “With his skill level and the way he sees the game, the next big step is for him to join the NHL,” The GM told the Tribune via phone from Finland. “With a team like Chicago, with the talent they have already there, I think he will be a nice fit for their lineup. We’re all excited about that and waiting for him to get his chance.”

    Who is this GM you ask??? Jurri Kurri,….this kid will do fine

    LOL Handzus does have the top end speed to catch up with most fast players!

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Zus skating tonight seems more silly than normal, if that is possible. Why not just see how a faster lineup will compete? Hard to believe that anyone would trade speed for sluggish? Morin deserved another game IMO. It’s as though Q is still asking the guy, “is that all you can bring?”Morin played hard the other night and was not the reason the Hawks lost.

    Never thought fast skaters or fresh legs was a bad thing in hockey.

    Yea, I know Q has won 2 Cups….blah…blah…blah…blah.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I absolutely hate that this kid is being thrown out there right now. I really do. Not sure how this helps his acclimation to North American hockey or advances his developmental curve…less than a dozen games to go until the playoffs start and this team already dealing with a multitude of issues that suggest advancing to the Finals is going to be inordinately difficult.

    I think Teuvo has a great potential future. But I am in the minority apparently in saying this is a head scratcher right now. So be it.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    It is fucking hilarious how it absolutely GNAWS at Sr. Brad and his sidekick JS that Quenneville doesn’t play Jeremy Fucking Morin. I half think we should call the Chicago and Hinsdale police departments and ask them for a restraining order for Q against the two of you. Maybe Bowman too?!?


  • March 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    It is baffling why a guy (Morin) who digs in the corners, engages physically, has an NHL caliber shot and drives possession at the NHL level is sitting in the bench. That should grind the gears of most competent fans.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    In bench I mean press box

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Hey now, why am I the sidekick? WHY CAN’T BRAD BE MY SIDEKICK!?!? Also, I never said that Morin should be in the lineup today, so I’m not really sure how it’s gnawing at me. I think that I stated a pretty obvious fact that Handzus matches up well against fast teams with good transition games.

    Also, not sure why Q or Bowman would need a restraining order. I’ve never threatened physical violence against someone on the internet like you did last week!

    Rufus, I’m also pretty sure that TT playing in a game at the end of the season doesn’t mean the Hawks are sold on him playing out the rest of the year. I’m not sure how him going to the AHL and playing against people he is better than advances his developmental curve either. Kind of the same thing we’ve been saying about a few Hogs this year.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Bad timing on my part to throw Blackhawks beat writers under the bus for Bobby Mac beating them to the tweet on TT playing between Saad and Smith tonight – only to then find out that Tim Sassone has passed away. In my defense I will say I didn’t intent Sassone to be among the beat writers “asleep at their keyboards” because I knew Sassone had been having health problems.

    I’m saddened to hear about Tim. He was a long time member of the Hawks family and quite frankly the only beat writer to d a consistently excelent job through all the dark days when the Suntimes and Trib would barely cover the Hawks. For many years the only reason I bought a newspaper (Daily Herald) was to read Sassone.

    RIP Tim.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Phil- Handzus is entrenched in the lineup now. With the increase in PK performance and him being a penalty killing allstar, there is no way Q removes him from the lineup. His ability to quickly close out on point men and recover to passing lanes sets him above any other penalty killing options on the team.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Morin is in press box. When everybody got back he wasn’t going to play anyways but like 17 is giving 32 a nice break/fully rested it would be good for 26 to rest too. Theres got to be a reason why 26 didn’t split the 82games like 32/17 did, right. Now if Morin is in press box and 26 plays in both backtobacks that’s fucked.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Rusfus I don’t see your logic? How does getting a look during crunch time hurt his NHL prospects? Don’t you think if he’s overwhelmed the Hawks will move him down? This is a perfect time to play him. Its a free look at one of their cornerstone prospects without burning a yr of contract if its under 9/10 games total(I can’t recall the specific number). If the Hawks suffer a injury to their top 4 d-men I would hope Adam Clendening was called up in a similar fashion.

    IMO Zus does 2 things good at this point in his career. PK and defensive draws and those are just slightly above average. The guy has good hockey IQ which is why Joel uses him in those rolls; he’s a defensive specialist now Outside of that as the saying goes “The Mind is Willing”.

    Morin gets A LOT of love on this website. Some of it is over the top but I think he has shown he can carve out a nice roll NHL roll for himself on the bottom 6 and deserves to stick in one of those spots. Unfortunately he doesn’t play special teams which limits his chances on this roster.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    JS, I like what Zus does with the PK, and he is capable at the dot. Five on five though he drags guys down. Aren’t you concerned Q is burning the old guy out before playoffs? Just kidding, but Zus was very good for Hawks last year in the playoff run. Pity he isn’t able to skate like that this year. I respect his hockey smarts and skills even if has slowed down alot.

    Sorry to hear about Sassone. A longtime beat writer covering the Hawks for a long long time who did a pretty good job when others were not giving the Hawks much ink. RIP

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t see a problem with allowing TT to play the 9 games, especially in some intense games so he can see what he has to work in the off season to prepare for next year. TT will be sheltered fairly well as I would expect. It’s not like what happened to Taylor Hall. Imagine that poor kid brought in as the number 1 pick and supposed to be the saviour for the franchise at that young age. Now that is irresponsible.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Zues is entrenched in the lineup. My comment is this. Ok Zues is now an everyday player for the Hawks. But why would they not use the opportunity to give him a rest? Zues may have a burnout factor higher than the younger players. If he is to be 100% for the playoffs I think he needs to sit 3 or 4 times the next 10 games. All things considered Morin in the line up while Zues takes a rest seems logical.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Yea, Hall is really good but hes no Kaner.

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    TT — isn’t this just a the opportunity to showcase him for Vancouver…later to be traded with Leddy, Shaw, Saad, and a couple of first round picks for Kesler?

  • March 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Sarcasm never translates well over text.

    Now, what I was saying about Handzus being a permanent fixture in the lineup is the sad truth. I definitely think the guy should be splitting time to maximize his potency come games that matter. I also think speed matters against a team like Colorado and their lineup would be better suited with players that aren’t slowed down by a giant load of dookie in their jock.

    My last memory of Tim Sassone was him tweeting that Bickell needs to earn his contract by getting in more fights. I made fun of it, it deserved to be made fun of. For the most part, the guy did a hell of a job covering a team that he loved when most of the city forgot there was a professional hockey team here.

  • March 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Yea, that was a good call. Bocks hasn’t fought in how long. Then out of nowhere he fights Simmonds and turns him into a rag doll.

  • March 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot that TT is gonna be traded to Van for an old and injured Kesler.

  • March 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Zues has been kind of meh at faceoffs. Kruger has been tremendous. Smith has been fifty fifty I think. Regin has been good with a very small sample size. Sharp is winning close to 60% maybe which is impressive even though he hasn’t taken a lot. There’s better options IMO but whatever, I have not won two Cups.

  • March 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Everybody on the bench has been in his skates at the start of their careers. If they can play, this kid can play just as good in the same circumstances…. Don’t expect miracles out of the gate. Just enjoy watching his very bright future unfold a little more quickly than some did…. Stoked!

  • March 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    what’s the over under on how many shifts it takes before Roussell trys to cheapshot the Prodigy???

    I like Saad w/ TT, but 28-who likes to cycle… I have never seen TT cycle… he is a give-n-go, hold and dangle, quick pass to the guy diving to the net player… but we shall see.

  • March 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Morin could and should be a part of this team. The way I see it is, Q tells the rook’s to do things a certain way, his way. Those that listen from the start stick around and play, saad, kruger, shaw, smith, leddy. Those that are head strong and buck the system are banished. It’s that simple.
    He wants guys that will play a team game, that’s it end of story.
    If you give him crap your gone he has no time for you. Victor….
    Do I agree with his way, No not 100%, but I do understand it.
    I don’t agree with everthing he doe,s but it works for the guys on the team. If it didn’t they would be talking to the media.

  • March 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I think we are going to like agent 86.

  • March 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Doubt it’d happen and certainly don’t mean to get overly excited, but after that 1st period I’m currently drooling thinking about potential playoff line combos if everyone was healthy. If we left in Teuvo, added in Kaner, Bicks and Morin in place of Zus, Regin and Bollig. Again, won’t happen and I know those latter 3 have some value, but wow. A couple among endless options:



  • March 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Yea, Kevin we are Stacked going forward and for yrs to come. The only thing is we need a balance and not just our 12 best offensive first, defensive second 12 fw.

    I do like to drool though…

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