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09-09-2013, 02:06 PM
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There's a new article on Jokerit webpage about TT:
Here's the rough translation of it.
Teräväinen Heading to Chicago
Teuvo Teräväinen visited Hartwall Areena on Monday before his departure to Chicago Blackhawks' NHL camp. The forward is out of Jokerit lineup for two weeks and is expecting a great experience at the ranks of the Stanley Cup winning team.
Teräväinen was Jokerit's points leader at European Trophy. He made 2+3 points in six games and played mainly with Nichlas Hardt and Steve Moses who had the same points. He was relatively happy with his performance though the start of the European Trophy was challenging because of the U20 tournament in Lake Placid.
-I started playing quite well. At the beginning it was a bit difficult because the trip to Lake Placid was quite hard. That's why it was a bit stuffy at the beginning but I improved towards the end. As a team we played better as the games progressed, Teräväinen said.
The coaching staff gave him responsibilities as a Center. The youngster handled the increased defensive responsibilities well but there's still a lot of work ahead of him.
-There's a lot to improve but in my opinion I can take care of my game well. I know I can play much better, Teräväinen said.
-Being a centerman is a bigger responsibility on the own end than as a winger. You've got to defend more but when you do things carefully and play to your maximum it'll be alright, he continued.
During two previous seasons Teräväinen has played mainly as a winger in Jokerit. He thinks being a Center is where he's at his best. The skilled forward lives for the puck and enjoys playing most when he can build his line's game.
-I need the puck and when I have it I play better. If we're long stretches on our own end it's now my strongest area of playing but I have to do that with style too, Teräväinen said.
Playing together with Hardt and Moses started to click better and better towards the end. Especially the speedy American forward [Moses] started to successfully receive more and more of Teräväinen's passes.
-We've been playing well together with Stevie. He's a fast guy and you've got to give him passes when he's in speed. I felt that we started to have chemistry together, the centerman said.
For the next two weeks Teräväinen skates with the fresh Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks' training camp that is held in the state of Indiana at Notre Dame University. Teräväinen is Blackhawks' first round draft pick from summer 2012 and he made an entry-level deal this summer with them.
-I'm going there open-minded to get some new experiences and to see what kind of world it is. I think it's going to be a great trip, Teräväinen anticipates.
-The biggest issue will probably be the game itself: what kind is it over there and that I can experience it myself. At the same time everyday issues will become familiar. Those are steps forward, he continued.
Although Teräväinen is returning to Jokerit after the camp, he wants to make the most out of everything from the two week trip. Competition for roster spots are rough in the NHL world so experience will definitely be beneficial concerning next year when the forward is scheduled to transfer completely to Blackhawks' organization.
-It might be a surprise how fierce the competition for roster spots is going to be. I know it will be hard and I have to give all I can give if I'm going to do well, he contemplates.
Blackhawks are at the moment the best hockey club in the world where stars like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes and Duncan Keith play. You could imagine that stepping to the same locker room and rink with them would be nervous to the young Finn. But is it?
-We have Antti-Jussi Niemi [played 29 games with the Anaheim Ducks] and Semir Ben-Amor [4th line goon]. I'm not that nervous, Teräväinen grins at the end of the interview.
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