Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen is scheduled to arrive in Chicago from Finland on Thursday, but he is not expected to join the team immediately, according to a source.
The 19-year-old Teravainen is considered the organization's top prospect. He completed his season in Finland on Sunday when his team, Jokerit, was eliminated from the playoffs in the Liiga. He finished tied for sixth in the league with 44 regular-season points. He had nine goals and 35 assists in 49 games.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville both have said recently that Teravainen could join the team this season. Quenneville said Wednesday that he didn't have anything to new to report on Teravainen's status.
"We'll see how that's going to sort out over the course of the week here," Quenneville said. "I don't know exactly what the plan is right now."
The Blackhawks may choose to give Teravainen time to adjust to being in the United States, reducing any high expectations placed on him right away, according to a source.
The Blackhawks do not have enough cap space to add him to their roster. They could create cap space to recall Teravainen or a player from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL if they decide to place forward Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve. IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin could be a recall candidate. He has 24 goals and 23 assists in 47 games for the IceHogs.
Kane suffered a lower-body injury against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and is expected to miss about three weeks. Long-term injury reserve would put Kane out for at least 24 days (10 games). Quenneville said after the game he did not know if Kane's injury would affect Teravainen.
Teravainen participated in the Blackhawks' training camp and played in two preseason games in September before he joined Jokerit for its season.