It happens every year: we spend the winter watching the CHL kids and then in the spring a slew of Euro talent rockets up the charts in March, April and May. The big mover this season? Teuvo Teravainen.


  • Corey Pronman: Teravainen is a tremendously skilled all-around winger who has played at a very impressive performance level considering how he’s a few days removed from being a 2013 eligible and is still scoring in Finland’s top pro league. Teravainen is an impressive skater with a great first few steps who can get to a dangerous top speed that puts defenders on their heels, while also showing the ability to change gears quickly, and is very elusive from a standstill. His combination of quickness and speed is a great asset but his possession skills are even better and really drive top-end value.
  • Grant McCagg, tsn: If he was born a week later, he wouldn’t even be eligible until the 2013 draft. Yet he’s already played in 16 games for Finland at the U-18 level and has graduated full time to the Finnish Elite League, netting seven goals for Jokerit in 27 games this season. Strengths: A speedy goal scorer with good vision and creativity. Has great hockey sense and puck-handling prowess and brings quickness and skill to the offensive zone. Creative and calm with the puck and effective on the power play. Weaknesses: Needs to improve his balance and gain strength to take on veteran opponents. Could be grittier, will need to bulk up to handle the NHL game. NHL upside: Has been compared to Valtteri Filppula and has the talent to score plenty of goals in the NHL if he can handle the grind.


  • Teuvo Teravainen 12-8-20

Teravainen is the first player in this series who played pro hockey in 11-12.


  • This kid barely qualifies for this year’s draft and he’s playing in what might be the 4th best pro league in the world. I don’t really know how to quantify what that means, but hell’s bells it has to be a good arrow.
  • He was an outstanding player at the WJ’s.
  • Impressive speed, good hockey sense.
  • He’s a Finn.


  • Undersized winger.
  • Needs to add strength, but you can say that about all of these kids.


  • I’m not sure where he’ll go in the draft–Teravainen’s numbers in the SM-Liiga are less impressive than Joel Armia’s a year ago–but he has game breaking skills and his birthdate is a major factor.
  • The Oilers have a better RW in their sights at #1, but Teravainen certainly looks like he’s worthy of a lottery pick.


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  1. Dave Casselman says:

    Maybe just a tip of the hat for your devotion to your blog. For many, myself included, it’s daily reading. It’s thought provoking and it’s sane, qualities certain other blogs do not enjoy. Many more years of hopeful sailing.

  2. DSF says:

    This is the kind of player Detroit drafts.

  3. Beaker says:


    DSF: This is the kind of player Detroit drafts.

    Players that shot up into the top 10? Didnt know detroit did that.

  4. Matt.N says:

    This is the kind of player Detroit drafts.

    This is a bad thing. Detroit has a terrible draft record. Picking late doesn’t help, but certainly not stocking the system.

  5. Ducey says:


    Terry Jones on my man Ralph Krueger.

    Interesting that he ran the PP this last year and took it from 3rd worst to 3rd best.

    I expect he won’t get the job as the thinking will be that Brent Sutter is just like Darryl Sutter who is about to win the Stanley Cup.

  6. fuzzy muppet says:


    While I’m sure kreuger helped the PP, my money is on the fact that large of an improvement was based on the arrival of 93. ( 94 didnt hurt either)

  7. commonfan14 says:

    Pens give WASH a 7th rounder for Vokoun and then sign him to a 2-year, $2 million deal.

    I continue to not understand how the trade freeze comes off in the NHL. I assume the Devils aren’t allowed to trade for Suter today, but has anyone ever seen exactly what the rules are?

    When exactly do teams become able to trade again post-deadline?

  8. Scottingham says:


    As far as I know there isn’t a trade freeze persay. The trade deadline just means any players acquired after it are not eligible to play in the playoffs.

  9. Ribs says:

    We can cross Eakins name off the list of potential head coach.

    McKenzie tweets…

    Dallas Eakins signs three year contract with Marlies, as per team release.


    Dallas Eakins extension with Marlies keeps him in AHL through next season. After that he has flexibility to seek NHL head coaching job.

  10. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Solid move by Shero picking up Vokoun for a 7th. Contract is likely a year too long, but dollars are good. Doing it now to keep him off the market was proactive. Good support for Fleury.

    Vokoun would have made a great tandem with DD.

    Either ST is too proud to admit his MVP is not worth keeping around or Batman is too cheap to cut his losses and invest in a better bet.

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