Here’s a name many didn’t expect to surface on trade deadline day:
Teravainen, the 22-year-old Carolina forward acquired from Chicago last summer, has reportedly been the topic of trade conversations, per TVA.
Once a ballyhooed prospect, Teravainen — the 18th overall pick in 2012 — has had some of the luster knocked off recently. He struggled to find his fit/niche in Chicago and, while he did help the club capture the Stanley Cup in ’15, was ultimately deemed expendable as GM Stan Bowman made moves to get the team salary cap compliant.
This year, Teravainen has been solid, if unspectacular, in his first campaign with the ‘Canes. He has 11 goals and 29 points through 58 games — on pace to set a career high in scoring — but has struggled with similar issues to the ones he faced in Chicago.
Specifically, where he fits and where he plays.
The club has bounced him from right wing to center and back, and now it sounds like head coach Bill Peters wants Teravainen to play the middle.
“I want him to skate more, hang on to pucks and make plays,” Peters said, per the Raleigh News & Observer. “He’s very comfortable as a winger or a center. I think he moves his feet and is a little bit more involved offensively in the middle.”
It’s worth pointing out Teravainen’s been in Peters’ doghouse this season. He sat as a healthy scratch earlier this year, getting parked for a game in late January.
Teravainen is currently in the last of his three-year, entry-level deal.