SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Teuvo Teravainen couldn’t score on Corey Crawford in 3-on-3 on Sunday, despite having some prime chances.
“I just wanted to make him look good,” Teravainen said of Crawford.
The personality Teravainen started to show last year was on full display this weekend as the Blackhawks opened camp at the University of Notre Dame. So was his game.
Teravainen, who’s added some weight and strength to his frame, had a good starting weekend. He played more at center, a position he played a few years ago but is comfortable returning to if necessary, and usually teamed with Russians Viktor Tikhonov and Artemi Panarin.
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He’s also teaching Panarin some English. This is from the Finn who barely spoke any himself when he arrived here two years ago. It’s just one more example of how confident Teravainen is in his North American life.
He gained confidence in his game last spring, thanks to great performances during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and wants to build off that this fall.
“It was big, of course. I got a lot of confidence, some experience,” Teravainen said of the postseason. “It’s easier to go into the season, for sure. But at the same time I have a lot more to prove and I want to be better. It’s going to be a big year for me.”
It could be. To aid in that improvement, Teravainen’s been trying to bulk up to get more strength in his game. He said he’s feeling the difference already and is trying to use that strength to power up ice. Coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen added just enough size.
“You've got to be careful of getting too big, too quick and lose that friendliness with the puck and that quickness. But I think he put [the weight] on in the right areas, and it was almost like you didn't notice it that much,” Quenneville said. “But you could see, it looks like he's a little taller, bigger and stronger. But certainly… he's at that stage where you'd like to see him keep getting better. We like what we've seen.”
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Teravainen started to blossom last spring. He should continue to get more ice time and a bigger role this season, although he’s not just assuming that will happen.
“Of course, a little bit. But at the same time I don’t feel like I’m on the team,” he said. “I have to be good every day here and prove I’m going to be on the team. Of course that’s my goal. We’ll see how it goes.”
- Marcus Kruger is due to join the Blackhawks this week. Quenneville wasn’t sure which day Kruger would return, but, “I’m hopeful we’ll see him tomorrow.”
- Andrew Shaw and Garret Ross got into a tussle in the final scrimmage at Notre Dame. And it was a lengthy one, too. Quenneville didn’t mind the fight but said he would have preferred it ending earlier. “I’d rather I was on the ice breaking it up,” he said.