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.
DESJDARINS NHLE (per 82gp)
- 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.
TEUVO TERAVAINEN WILL BE AMONG THE TOP 10 PICKS AT THE 2012 ENTRY DRAFT