He came to the Chicago Blackhawks with a lot of hype, but it ended up being a short-lived excursion in the Windy City for forward Teuvo Teravainen, as he was reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday afternoon.
Teravainen, who was chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks, only appeared in three games this season, registering four shots on goal and zero points in those contests. He hasn’t played for Chicago since March 30th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In that game he played a season-high 16:50, but despite the increased playing time in that game he hasn’t been able to crack the lineup for the team in the four games that have followed.
The IceHogs could certainly use the boost that Teravainen could provide to them down the stretch. The team currently sits in ninth place in the AHL’s Western Conference, one point behind the Rochester Americans. They are also just two points behind the Oklahoma City Barons, so despite going 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, they are still right in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Teravainen turned a lot of heads overseas this year, playing in 49 games for Jokerit in SM-liiga in Finland. In those games, Teravainen racked up nine goals and 35 assists, and is considered one of the top prospects in the NHL. He’ll have a solid chance of making the Hawks’ roster next fall, but for now, the team has decided that he would benefit more from playing time in the minors rather than watching games from the press box as the Hawks wrap up their season.