Teuvo Teräväinen Dominates: USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Recap

The week of games at USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp has come to an end, and Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teräväinen was the most noticeable player at the event.


Teräväinen led all players with eight points (three goals, five assists) in five games with Finland’s team, and finished the camp with a dominant performance against Sweden on Sunday. He scored both of Finland’s goals in regulation and finished with a goal in the shootout as Finland won 3-2.

In the game, defensemen Robin Norell and Carl Dahlström were held scoreless; Norell had two penalty minutes. Dahlström scored one goal and had one assist during the week, with his goal coming against Canada on Saturday. He spent most of the week skating on Sweden’s second defensive pair. Norell, who skated on Sweden’s third pair, had six penalty minutes during the week.

On Sunday, Tyler Motte was a healthy scratch for the United States. He did not register a point in the two games he played on the unified US team, spending both games playing a physical game on the third line. While skating with the USA’s White squad early in the week, Motte was credited with one assist and four penalty minutes. Motte will play at the University of Michigan this fall.

Forwards Vince Hinostroza and John Hayden started the week with the United States, but were among 13 skaters cut mid-week. Hinostroza had an assist in both games he played, and will join the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame this season. Hayden, who is headed to Yale this season, had two penalty minutes and no points in two games with USA’s Blue team.

We posted more on where Blackhawks prospects will skate for NCAA teams this season earlier.

14 thoughts on “Teuvo Teräväinen Dominates: USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Recap

  • August 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    TT – Will be better playing with Star Offensive guys- in Hawks Top 6…

    What I really would like to know… from anyone who watched TT play – how fast, elusive, quick is he skating wise. 2 years ago- scouts were somewhat split on his skating. I heard he was awarded a Penalty shot ( and scored)… That is just another talent the Hawks could use sooner than later… a top 3 overtime shootout guy!

  • August 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Tab, I had TT scoring 4 goals… Perhaps they changed the scoring on one…

  • August 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Teuvo 4 goals 4 assists.

  • August 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    That was AWESOME!

    Throughout the week (not counting split-squad games)(based on play, not final score) Canada was a little better than the other teams and USA was the worst team (until saturday). I had a thought that watch USA beat Canada, saturdays score was the opposite of what happened all week.

    Finland should have won in regulation vs USA. Only a 5-3 gave them 2 goals to tie in 3rd. Teuvo had 4 goals/4 assists & only one of Finland games were more than 3 goals…

    I think sweden gave their best effort(4-0) vs. USA (past few yrs history…). Swedens goalie was best goalie all wk. Dalstrom scored a good goal, which got his team going vs. canada (down 4 goals) and by the end of the 2nd it was 3-4, but sweden just played bad(teamgame) all game, giving canada wideopen/miscoverage goals(2 of them) in 3rd period. Thats why the score was 7-3, not canada blowing them out… Norell didnt have any points but played good, he was in their faces all the time. Skated fast & after domi got ejected at 19:00/end of 3rd, atfter game ended he was not backing down to a larger canada player, who riped his helmet off, he stayed right in his face/not taking any crap. Whenever there was scums Dahlstrom didnt get involved, but wouldnt allow another player to go into the the scum… If Dahlstrom wanted to he could derail someone. He just always stayed in position and didnt get involved in any horseshit.

    Motte didnt get points, but just like Norell he was pretty fast and noticeable defensively. In Sweden 4-0 smackdown of USA, the key part of the win was 4 pp in a row (2 were dumb penaltys) for Sweden (even though they score 2 times and that made it game over) Norell broke up the other 2 pp, by drawling & having something to do with drawling a penalty on Sweden to kill 2 pps. He did get a shot on net to try for the winner vs. Finland in the 3rd , after USA had no right to be tied 3-3. Motte seemed like he was there, out of nowhere at key times like those (kind of like how Shooter scored on that 4-4 vs. philadelphia to tie the game 2-2, when philadelphia was going to go on the pp and try/think to go up 3-1).

    Teuvo, thats all you have to say, is Teuvo. He didnt seem faster than summer of ’12, he was moar ‘playmaker’ looking. In summer of ’12 he made most plays with skating by everybody (coast to coast style) & by making sweet passes. Most of the time from the outside areas, etc. This time he seemed like he was ‘crafty’ and made most of his plays by making moves in the zone & from all areas, from around net and corners, etc. It was like he was sucking them in close (like topgun pilot) to him and then making the passes. I didnt get to notice his speed/skating, etc. because I was focusing on whos is he going to setup for a scoring chance. Pretty much every time he had the puck someone was going to get an opportunity. He is just dishes wicked sauce, but shots anytime he has the chance too.

    Teuvo, should have scored the winner in shootout vs. USA, the first 5 players missed then he was up beat the goalie but hit post. He did get one in the so vs. Sweden, but the penalty shot is moar cool because its Youngblood style.

    When I talked to Bowman on thursday I asked him how Teuvos playing, he just used the words special. I was so hung over from the night before I missed half of the game, Bowman told me he assisted the go ahead 2-1 goal. I was so hungover I called Dahlstrom Norstrom to Bowman (he didnt correct me). I only got a half/minute when I talked to Bowman on wednesday (he was on cell), but on thursday we talked for awhile. I forgot to ask him when he think Teuvo will be in, but I think its obvious if not right out of training camp (10/’14), most likely the second 40 in ’15 season. No hurry no worry… He could tell I was a happy human & I told him how proud I am & was of everything hes done/cheers man.

    The night before, was a beer shower… I talked to a few other gm/ass. gm/scouts about expansion stuff at the steak&seafood place. Then the party began at the bobsled bar, I was drinking beers & beers with Oduyas agent (there was 4 of them there from newport). Guy’s younger brother, a huge Sweden & me were putting them back and hitting on the chicks. I had so much fun talking with them and messing with the ladys/wife candidates. It was just like back in the day at college. I was the last man standing in lake placid wednesday night, but I didnt have any pace thursday or have to get up early like they did.

    After I text my friends that I talked to Bowman, my cell was going off every 30 sec. I didnt know it at the time, but their was a redwings scout and some other scouts standing 10 ft away. Everytime I checked the cell the ringtone song was going off & after a few times I hear the redwings person say, ok guys Im leaving. I didnt do it on purpose (I didnt know he was standing there, until I heard some guys say that, then I saw their logo on his jacket and I realized who it was…) Sorry about that guys.

  • August 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Morrison, I read another blog- where the guy said he heard a Scout say ” Teuvo was the most dominant player at the Evaluation Camp since Patrick Kane”- special player!

    Morrison- did you hear that from any scouts???

  • August 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    One of the Nashville scouts I was talking to at Steak&Seafood (mainly we talked about expansion stuff…) was the only other one I mentioned Teuvo too. I told him you guys are hard to play against, especially when Jones gets his feet wet. The Nashville scout then said to me, yea thats just what Chicago needs another Kane.

  • August 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed on TT. BIG potential but the question to be answered is his heart big enough to play with the big boys in tighter spaces (N.A. rinks).

    With Ilari Filppula leaving Jokerit and with the word that TT is going to play center this season, I hope Jokerit has someone else to play 1st line center because I’d rather TT play second line center and avoid the bigger role of 1C at this point in his development. Keep the improvements successful baby steps so his confidence can grow rather than throwing him into the deep end to sink or swim.

    The Lake Placid tourney didn’t have the best Canadian the American players but it had some well known high profile guys and according to the reports, TT was the best player there. That’s exciting news. Can’t wait for the U20 WJC when all the big boys are playing. That will be a better gauge of how TT stacks up against the best.

  • August 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    ER, I am actually hoping that they will give TT the #1 spot…it will force him to mature and become a complete player…Patrick Kane became a great player the moment that it mattered to him whether or not he back checked…the sooner that TT learns this and makes this his mantra, the faster he will become a Hawk.

    By all accounts Motte and Dahlstrom also impressed throughout the camp.

  • August 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Obviously loads of talent. But I need to see him play on a North America rink before I can assess what might be his future in the NHL.

  • August 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I still say TT will be better playing with quicker/smarter players… 81,19,10,88,65 –
    Regarding the talent at the camp… Finland – like every country – was missing some of their top talent…

    It does come down to “Is TT ready to adjust to some of the Cheap shots that will come his way- if he doesn’t keep his head up on the smaller ice? And how well will he adjust to really playing both ways? I think he will be fine- because he does possess amazing vision/instincts- but it is probably best to let him gain another 10 lbs. of muscle.

    He truly dominated on the PP @ the 2013 U20 Juniors…

  • August 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    But when??????????????

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