Teuvo Teravainen 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

This scouting profile is on Jokerit Right Wing Teuvo Teräväinen. Teräväinen has risen to fame in his native Finland playing at levels much higher than his age for the past 2 seasons. He has spent most of this season playing within the adult league, SM-Liiga, and has continued to prove productive.


Teuvo Teravainen

Right Wing / Jokerit U20/Jokerit - Jr A Sm-Liiga/Sm-Liiga

5-11

September 11 1994
Hometown: Helsinki- Finland

Shoots: Left


GP G A P +/- PIM Playoffs GP G A P +/- PIM
2010-11 Jokerit U20 26 3 17 20 - 8 -- 8 1 4 5 - 4
2011-12 Jokerit U20 11 12 8 20 - 4 -- 2 1 1 2 - 0
2011-12 Jokerit 40 11 7 18 -5 6 -- 9 2 4 6 +5 0

Rankings:

Final CSS European Rank: 2nd
Future Considerations: 10th
ISS: 8th
Hockey Prospect: 15th
The Hockey Guys: 21st
Craig's List: 7th

What do they say about him?

TSN


‘ According to scouts, Teravainen is a gifted playmaker with scoring ability - posted 11 goals and seven assists in Finland's top men's league at just 18 years of age.'


Elite Prospects

‘A solid scorer with good playmaking and excellent on-ice vision. Has good hockey sense and puck-handling. Creative and calm with the puck, effective on the powerplay. Needs to improve his skating and gain strength to take on veteran opponents. ‘

Last Word On Sports

‘He has incredible hockey sense and vision, and is an extremely creative playmaker. Teravainen will attempt passes that most forwards don't even dream about, feathering pucks through sticks and legs and putting them on the tape of his teammates. He controls the play in the offensive zone often preferring to be a setup man working off the half boards. Teravainen also possesses a very hard and accurate one timer and often unleashes it from the top of the circle. He is especially effective on the Power Play. Teravainen has really worked to improve his skating.'

Scouting Report (Mid Term Rankings)

‘Teravainen torched the Jr. A league early this season and quickly earned a call-up to Jokerit's senior team where he has been an admirable contributor. Teravainen is a very smart player who skates well and distributes the puck well on the attack. He's a good skater with an explosive first step and good agility. Teravainen's skill-set makes him a very valuable player on the powerplay as he is good in tight spaces and can be very dangerous when he has time and space. He is not overly big and doesn't have a physical aspect to his game but Teravainen looks like a nice pick around this range for a team who can wait for him to develop.'

Conclusion

Teuvo Teräväinen is an incredibly talented playmaking winger. He is a bit on the small size being about 5"11 generously and only around 165lbs. However despite his small size he has proven himself to be productive at higher leagues playing against bigger and older opponents. Playing in his first season in the SM-Liiga he has been able to be a valuable player for Jokerit. Considering the SM-Liiga is either the second or third best league in the world for a player to perform as well as he has done when being 17 is very impressive.

Teuvo Teräväinen has consistently played well against players who are both older and bigger than he is. He will probably need another year or maybe two playing in the SM-Liiga but he will make an impact as a top six winger when he reaches the NHL. As long as he stays healthy and isn't vulnerable to injury he should be able to become one of the most talented forwards in the game.

Teuvo Teräväinen is a bit of a wild card, some teams may be put off by his small stature and others might be willing to risk it in order to get hold of his incredible playmaking skills. With the Dallas Stars emphasis on centres and defenseman early in the draft it doesn't appear likely that they will select Teuvo Teräväinen. I'm fairly certain that he will be selected within the top 10 (My personal feeling is that he will be drafted by the Minnesota Wild and in the future will form a formidable finnish duo with Mikael Granlund).

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