With their first selection of the 2012 NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks chose Teuvo Teravainen. A center hailing from Finland, he’s hoped to be utilized as an easy fit-in piece with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. His defensive game is said to need a little bit of work; however, his offensive skill as a producer with a knack for creativity and skill play cannot be ignored. In more ways than one, he’s comparable to Kane – not a large body, but has great hands that can create plays. A high competitive level that is sure to gel perfectly with the Blackhawks.
He was anticipated to be taken in the draft’s top 10, but with surprise picks and trades being made, fell lower than most experts had expected. He turns 18 in September.
Early Winners of the Draft
Buffalo Sabres- traded No.21 to move up to 14th. Had two picks in three spots.
Mikhail Grigorenko- although he fell from No. 3 to No. 12, he wound up on a better team than if he had remained a higher pick.
Ottawa Senators- selected Cody Ceci from Ottawa 67’s. Ability to play on and against teams top lines. Has a mammoth shot.
Washington Capitals- selections being changed up allowed them to grab Filip Forsberg, talented and smart left winger.
Chicago Blackhawks- gained a targeted C with early capability to play with teams top players. Kane-esque size and puck-playing ability, Teravainen should make an impact quickly.
Early Losers of the Draft
Calgary Flames- traded 14th pick to Buffalo and went down to No. 21 and earned a 42nd pick in this year’s second round
Tampa Bay Lightning- passed on a chance to take a higher-ranked prospect on defense, instead went with lower ranked Slater Koekkoek (bonus for good name)
Washington Capitals Twitter Feed- unsuccessfully tweeted their #16 draft pick as Teuvo Teravainen when it was actually Tom Wilson.
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