Remember when Teuvo Teravainen was the next big thing for the Chicago Blackhawks? The future isn’t quite now, it seems, as CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reports that he was demoted to the AHL on Thursday.
In exchange, the Blackhawks brought up Ryan Hartman and Kyle Cumiskey, according to Myers.
The 20-year-old really hasn’t made much of an impact, especially lately. He’s currently on a six-game pointless streak and has only managed four points in 15 games.
He’s not really getting much ice time on a loaded Chicago offense, so maybe it really makes sense to send the 18th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft to the AHL where he can regain some confidence and be the BMOC (if you will).
There’s plenty of time for him to convert his robust skills to the NHL game, and there’s always the chance that Chicago may get a boost from him later this season (or perhaps in the playoffs?).
Still, the review seems to be “not yet” so far when it comes to “Teuvo Time.”
Dmitrij Jaskin has been having a nice run lately for the St. Louis Blues. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Blues employ some impressive forwards to support him, with Alexander Steen being among the standouts.
The stretch pass Steen sent to Jaskin was a work of art on Thursday:
The Blues have largely been taking it to the Tampa Bay Lightning so far tonight. We’ll see if that carries over through the remainder of the game.
Update: St. Louis won in an impressive fashion by a tune of 6-3.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting healthier as of late, which means that lineup decisions are going to be a little tougher. Even so, it’s a bit surprising to see Steve Downie out of the mix against the Ottawa Senators tonight, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari notes.
At the moment, it sounds like it was a healthy scratch.
Downie is no stranger to taking penalties, and it sounds like there’s at least a chance that one justified his night in the press box according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.
Downie has nine goals and 22 points to go along with a league-leading 173 penalty minutes in 49 games this season.
In more pleasant Penguins news, it sounds like Christian Ehrhoff is getting closer to returning to Pittsburgh’s lineup.
Updated: It wasn’t pretty, but the Penguins won in a shootout without the pesky forward.