It’s the last week of the 2014 NHL regular season, malady and the Blackhawks are fighting neck and neck with the Western conference to finish off strong. The last few match ups have been tough without leading men Kane and Toews—the latter will be out until the playoffs begin next Wednesday.
But don’t fret ladies—Coach Q knew what he needed to do—call up their most-buzzed about prospect (both in playing ability and in attractiveness), buy and our HAM of the Week, sickness Teuvo Teravainen.
The name sounds like a tongue twister, but Teravainen (pronounced TEAR-UH-VIGH-NEHN) is lightning fast and has the skills to succeed in the NHL. We’re just going to call him Turbo.
The 19-year-old Helsinki, Finland native has been playing professionally for a little over two years, and his name has been bounced back and forth this season since the 2012 NHL draft as one of the hottest hockey players with star potential in the Finnish SM-Liiga.
He began his career with the Jokerit youth team from 2009-2011 and made his debut with the SM-Liiga at 17.
In his first season, Turbo played 40 games and earned best rookie in the league. The following year, he was selected in the first round of the 2012 Draft, but signed a contract with the Blackhawks following his second season with the Finnish league.
Turbo attended training camp this past summer, but returned to the league for the 2013-14 season, playing at center and scoring 44 points in 49 games.
He represented Finland in the World Junior Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He nabbed the gold medal in the latter and served as the overall scoring leader of the tournament, including assists on all three goals in the 3-2 overtime victory against Sweden.
And while his status varies each game, we’re already smitten. And we’re really excited—it’s been a while since someone with a reputation as big as his has been the talk of the (Chi) town.
As with any newbie, the current left-winger still has plenty to learn, but with the season winding down, this is the prime opportunity to get more ice time.
At 5’11”, 169 pounds, he’s not going to be in any Bollig-sized fights just yet, but he has the skills to be a major contributor in the future. He’s eerily similar to Kane in both playing ability and size (and Kane made his NHL debut at 19)—but it’s still to soon to tell what will become of Turbo’s future. What we do know is that he’s sparked some life back into the team, having won five of their last nine games since his arrival. Our guess is that he’ll join the team in the playoffs, or play for the IceHogs in their playoff run and then join the latter team next season.
He’s had a successful audition with the big league, but maybe he’s not ready just yet. He’s at least earned a callback for next season—we’re hoping he’ll be singing “Chelsea Dagger” soon!