Teravainen likely joining Finland for Worlds


Chicago Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen will most likely join Team Finland on Monday in preparation for the upcoming IIHF World Championship, according to a source.

The 19-year-old Teravainen, who is considered the Blackhawks' top prospect, was recalled by the Blackhawks from Jokerit in Finland's Liiga on March 21. He played three games for the Blackhawks before being reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on April 10. He has one goal and a plus-1 rating in three games for the IceHogs. The IceHogs will complete their regular season on Saturday.

The Blackhawks sent Teravainen to the AHL to get more ice time. He was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks' four games prior to him being assigned to the IceHogs.

Teravainen said Sunday he believed he could play in the NHL now, but he understood the Blackhawks' decision.

"I think I can play in that league right now," Teravainen said to ESPNChicago.com on Sunday. "I have played with men in Finland for 2-3 years, so I'm ready to play there. I think I played OK, but I think it's not enough. I can play there, but it'll take some time getting used to this league and this North American hockey. It's different than European hockey. Like I said, I'm just learning every day here and just trying to help this team."

The IIHF World Championship will begin on May 9 in Minsk, Belarus. Teravainen helped Finland to a gold medal in the IIHF World Junior Championship in January.