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Who is Teuvo Teravainen? A 'special kind of talent'


Who is Teuvo Teravainen? A 'special kind of talent'

Never heard of Teuvo Tervainen? Many in hockey circles are familiar with the name, and believe the NHL will get to know him pretty quickly, too.

Height: 5 11 Weight: 165 Shoots: Left

Team: Jokerit (SM-Liiga)

Country: Finland

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 ranked skater in Europe

According to HockeysFuture.com, "Teravainens stock for the 2012 NHL Draft has risen faster than he can skate a lap around an international-sized ice rink. And if we are to believe what scouts are saying about the latter, thats faster than most of the prospects available in this years crop of future hockey stars... His size, or lack thereof appears to be the main obstacle standing in the way of scouts freely proclaiming him as one of the outright best players of the draft."

Hes similar in stature and style and skill to Patrick Kane. This kid has that kind of skill. Hes a Patrick Kane style player. Tony McDonald, Carolina Hurricanes director of amateur scouting.

EliteProspects.com says, "A solid scorer with very good playmaking and fantastic on-ice vision. Has excellent hockey sense and puck-handling. Very creative and calm with the puck, effective on the power play. Able to play his way out of trouble but needs to gain strength."

"He joined Jokerit right after the Christmas break after a fast start with the club's Under-20 team and proved to be a player with outstanding hockey sense and great overall skill," NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, told NHL.com. "He was 17, but running the power-play. He's not overly physically but is not intimidated by the physical game."

A speedy, scoring winger out of Finlandmeaning hes inevitably compared to Teemu Selanne. Unfair, sure, but its not without reason Teravainen has speed to burn, a tremendous offensive skill set and the best hands in the draft, according to McKeens Greg Burstyn. Hes got the potential to become an offensive stud.

His size, however, is an issue at just 165 pounds, theres not much to him. While the equally svelte Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jumped into the NHL last season, its important to remember hes a special kind of talent.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: