- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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The 19-year-old Teravainen played in three games for the Blackhawks after being recalled from Jokerit of Finland’s Liiga on March 21. He was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks’ past four games.
Selected No. 18 overall in the 2012 draft, Teravainen is considered the Blackhawks’ top prospect. He finished sixth in the Liiga with 44 points, including nine assists and 35 assists, in 49 games this season.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday that Teravainen likely would not play down the stretch because of the importance of the games.
“Timing,” Quenneville said. “It’s [the] time of the year. It’s a big league, it’s a hard league. We want to make sure that we’re helping ourselves get points, and I think he’s learning as well.”
Teravainen’s entry-level contract will slide one season and begin next season if he plays less than 10 games in the NHL this season. Blackhawks general manger Stan Bowman said previously that would not factor into whether Teravainen played in the NHL this season.