Blackhawks' Teravainen gets quite an endorsement
Blackhawks senior adviser Scotty Bowman has seen many great hockey players during his long and illustrious career.
So when Bowman tweeted Sunday how rookie Teuvo Teravainen reminded him of Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer Igor Larionov, it raised eyebrows.
"After watching Teuvo Teravainen (for) four days at training camp, I came away very impressed. He reminds me so much of Igor Larionov the way he plays," Bowman wrote.
While Teravainen was one of the best players over the four days at Notre Dame, the decision to send him back to play in the Finnish Elite League for Jokerit was made Sunday.
But first Teravainen will be one of the players in the lineup for the Hawks as they open their exhibition schedule Tuesday against Detroit at the United Center.
"It's been very fun," Teravainen said. "My legs are pretty tired. It's been tough, but it has been an awesome experience for me. I think I can play here, but I need to get stronger, so I'm going back to Finland and play big minutes there."
Teravainen centered the line for Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell again Monday night in the scrimmage at the United Center.
Captain Jonathan Toews didn't participate in Monday's scrimmage but skated before the game and addressed the crowd.
"I see you're ready to start the season, and so are we," he said.
Toews won't play Tuesday against the Red Wings either because of the lower-body injury that has sidelined him for all of training camp.
"He skated (Monday) and said he felt great, so it was a good sign," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He won't play (Tuesday), but he'll definitely play in some preseason games."
Marian Hossa also didn't play Monday, but that was a coach's decision. "We wanted to see some guys at forward," Quenneville said.
Whoever wins one of the few available spots at forward likely will be someone who can kill penalties.
There's a hole in the lineup there since Michael Frolik was traded to Winnipeg.
"That's a perfect spot for somebody to grab," Joel Quenneville said. "That's an important role for us. We'll try some different guys and hopefully someone can grab it. Hopefully we have to make a tough decision."
If it's going to be from the group of Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin, they will need to show they are capable of killing penalties.
"Ben's been OK," Quenneville said. "The one thing about Benny is he's hardworking kind of kid. You like his attitude and thought process during games.
"We'll keep watching him. He's going to play in a lot of the games, so we'll definitely sort things out as we go along."
Hayes continued his impressive camp by scoring the first goal Monday.
"Jimmy Hayes has put in a really strong emphasis on conditioning, and he looks like that on the ice," Quenneville said. "He's got the big body. When you put yourself in better shape it makes things quicker and easier for you, and it has showed."
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