Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/13
The Chicago Blackhawks locked in some of their future when they agreed to terms with forward Teuvo Teravainen on a three-year contract Thursday. The 18-year-old Teravainen was the Hawks' first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had 13 goals and 18 assists in 44 regular-season games with SM-liiga’s Jokerit of the Finnish League last season. The Helsinki Finland native was the league’s rookie of the year in 2011-12 after recording 11 goals and seven assists. Tervainen was among the top players at the 2013 under-20 world championship with five goals and six assists in six games. It is expected Teravainen will remain in Europe for one more year before coming to North America to play. "(Teravainen) may be the top center on the team over in Jokerit this upcoming season" Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said in July. "We’re really pleased with his progress. We’re really looking forward to having him in a Blackhawks uniform at some point here because he’s a special player and I think he’s going to electrify fans for a long time." Meanwhile the Hawks announced Thursday they would participate in the 2013 rookie tournament in London Ontario from Sept. 5-8. Hawks prospects will compete in three games against rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Among those HAwks prospects expected to attend are former first-round draft choices Dylan Olsen (2009) Mark McNeill (2011) and Phillip Danault (2011). Drew LeBlanc who appeared in two games with the Hawks last season after capturing the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college is also on the roster.
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