The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Teuvo Teravainen (TAY-vo tair-uh-VIGH-nen), the team’s first-round choice (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, on a three-year contract.
Teravainen, 18, ranked fifth on SM-liiga’s Jokerit with a career-high 31 points (13G, 18A) in 44 regular-season games in 2012-13 and added two points (1G, 1A) in six postseason appearances. The Helsinki, Finland, native was honored as the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 after posting 18 points (11G, 7A) in 40 regular-season games and sharing second on the club with six points (2G, 4A) in nine playoff tilts. He tallied 40 points (15G, 25A) in 37 regular-season games and seven points (2G, 5A) in 10 postseason contests with Jokerit’s U20 team from 2010-2012.
Tervainen ranked fourth at the 2013 U20 World Championship with 11 points (5G, 6A) in six games and shared sixth with a plus-6 rating. He recorded eight points (2G, 6A) with Finland at the 2012 U18 World Championship, sharing third in the tournament with a team-high six helpers.
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