He's like the Swedish Skinner- minus the annoying.
I don't think he has Skinner's skating or quite the same level of puckhandling or else he'd be a top 10 lock. I think Teravainen is a little more dynamic but either may be the best pure offensive player available. Maybe not the best player but that's where projection and getting to know the players come into play.
If Teravainen has so much offensive skills, why is he not projected higher? I've seen a lot of people on here give him a lot of praise and say he'll be the steal of the draft... In the draft in a GM game someone took him in the top 5.
Teravainen is something of a late riser. One of the scout mocks had him going ninth. IINM he was injured and unavailable for the WJC but he's been lights out in other international tournaments and already playing a key role in a pro league.
The dearth of top-end forward talent outside of the Russian three and Forsberg could push him into the top ten, which would maybe then push down one of the centers.
Originally Posted by Capitlols
Are you assuming Gaunce is gone?
Yes. My projected top ten would be Yakupov, Grigorenko, Dumba, Galchenyuk, Murray, Trouba, Forsberg, Faksa, Rielly & Gaunce. Maybe someone slips...who knows. I wouldn't count on it. That 11-16 group is more worst-case but still pretty strong.
Olli Maatta is another option in that range. A Finn, yes, but one that Hunter will be able to tell them all about.