Chicago Blackhawks sign 2012 first round draft pick

June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Teuvo Teravainen is presented with a jersey after being selected as the number eighteen overall draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Before you ask, the title is true. The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have officially signed their first round pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. The team and Teuvo Teravainen have agreed to a three year deal on Thursday, but there are no details as of yet regarding how much the contract is worth.

Teravainen was the 18th overall draft pick in 2012, and played his most recent season of hockey with SM-liiga’s Jokerit. His numbers weren’t bad, he posted 13 goals and 18 assists in 44 regular-season games.

According to an article on ESPN, Chicago’s plan is to keep the Finnish Forward overseas for another season, and bring him to the US for the 2014-15 season. Stan Bowman, general manager of the Blackhawks is anxious to see Teuvo Teravainen in action on Chicago ice. He recently said this to ESPN,

We’re really looking forward to having him in a Blackhawks uniform at some point because he’s a special player. I think he’s going to electrify fans for a long time.

Although the ideal plan is to keep him in Finland for the upcoming season, fans might get to see Teravainen in Chicago, as he will probably see some playing time in Blackhawks training camp starting in September.

Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Nhl, Stan Bowman, Teuvo Teravainen

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