F Teuvo Teräväinen - Jokerit, SM-Liiga (2012, 18th overall, Chicago)
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02-19-2012, 08:52 AM
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I can't understand how he wouldnt be a late first round pick. He is already our best forward in the offensive zone and on the powerplay. He runs our first PP unit, which has been great since he took over, it sucked ass with Filppula running it. His only weakness is that he is physicaly weak, that partially explains his weak +/- stat, because he loses one on one battles. Teuvo is not a soft player by any means, he isn't afraid to check or drive to the net.
Of course you can say that its easy to produce in a stacked team like Jokerit, but Jokerit are stacked only in paper. Most of the forwards have been underperforming. Teuvo has played mostly with Eaves and Hardt (He played last game with Hahl and Pulkkinen and he has played games in the fourth line early in the season). Eaves has been OK, but he is also a playmaker like Teuvo and Hardt does good job creating room for Eaves and Teräväinen but he aint no sniper by any means, he misses a lot of scoring chances. Teuvo has been clearly the best player on that line, well Eaves has been better all-around, but strictly offensively speaking Teuvo has been the best.
I understand all of you who say that he sould be a second round pick, 29g 9+3 and -10 doesnt sound very good, but he has still been one of the best Jokerit players on the ice every night. He has also gotten only 12minutes of ice time (he started getting more trust from our head coach on middle of january, since then he has been 13games 6+3 -6 and has averaged 15minutes of ice time per game). He was the best scorer on the five nations tournament in Pori. The fact that he wasnt in WJC propably hurt his chances of being picked in the first round, but I think that with strong showing in the u-18 it doesnt matter that he wasnt selected to the u-20 team (I still think that he should have been picked to the WJC, because he is better player than Miro Aaltonen who is also pretty small, Teuvo is also better than Ruuttu, but Ruuttu had really different kind of role on that team that Teuvo should had.)
I hope you understood even some of the stuff I tried to explain. All of this is just based on my own "scouting", I am a Jokerit season ticket holder and I see teuvo a lot, but I am also propably little biased towards him. I tried to be as neutral as I can. Our GM and ex-senators and Blues head of scouting Jarno Kekäläinen also said that he is 100% sure that Teuvo will be a first round pick in Jatkoaika.com interview and I think that he knows what he is talking about, but even without Kekäläinen's comments I would be sure that Teräväinen will be a late first round pick.
He have been first rounder in my books for long time already. He's going in the 10-20 range after U-18 WC IMO. He have been huge riser now but i think he'll just continue to rise.
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