The Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with Teuvo Teravainen, the club announced on Thursday.
Teravainen, 18, was Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and spent last season with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-liiga.
It was with Jokerit where Teravainen’s stock skyrocketed. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, he finished fifth on the team in scoring (31 points in 44 games) and finished fourth on the team in goals, with 13.
In August, ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman raved about Teravainen’s potential.
“We’re really looking forward to having him in a Blackhawks uniform at some point because he’s a special player,” Bowman said, as per ESPN Chicago. “I think he’s going to electrify fans for a long time.
“Teuvo, I think is going to be a superb talent when he gets here.”
Teravainen was expected to return to Jokerit for the 2013-14 season, then make his way over to North America the following year. It remains to be see if today’s signing changes that plan any.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.