Jeremy Morin making push for playoff time

April, 11, 2014
4/11/14
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By Benjamin Standig
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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WASHINGTON -- Young forwards Jeremy Morin and Teuvo Teravainen are part of the Chicago Blackhawks' future. For now, only Morin is part of the team's present.

Whether the 22-year-old right winger will be part of the Blackhawks' playoff roster is an interesting debate.

Chicago, 4-0 losers at the Washington Capitals on Friday night, will return Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the postseason. The Blackhawks, locked in as the third seed in the Central Division, will face either the St. Louis Blues or Colorado Avalanche in the opening round.

Before then, coach Joel Quenneville will have to make certain roster choices. Morin's strong recent play is making those upcoming choices either easier or harder.

Recalled by the Blackhawks along with Teravainen on March 21, Morin had scored in three straight games entering Friday.

"Obviously, that's the goal, to play in the playoffs. But I can't control that," Morin said after Friday's morning skate. "If I'm in the lineup, just make the most of it, and that's what I'm trying to do. Finish off the season the right way and keep contributing."

The Blackhawks reassigned Teravainen to Rockford on Thursday. Considered the franchise's top prospect, the 19-year-old center joined Chicago after the conclusion of his Finnish league season. In three NHL games, he went scoreless and averaged 14.05 minutes.

The opportunity for greater playing time will come with the IceHogs, who have five regular-season games left plus the potential for postseason contests.

"We want [Teuvo] playing, too," Quenneville said. "It gives him a chance to get in some games, very meaningful games, as well. It'll be a good test and a good challenge for him, as well."

Part of the ongoing challenge involves Teravainen, selected 18th overall by Chicago in the 2012 draft, adjusting to the NHL style.

"He's a young kid. It's size, strength, experience -- all things that with him you expect [him] to improve upon," Quenneville said. "The overall speed of the game, knowing that there's not as much time as you do [have] overseas, where there's more space and the game isn't as much of a pressure type of situation. I think that's probably the thing he'll get accustomed to quicker over here and learn [is that] you don't have time, you've got to do things quick."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
56 25 31 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 25
AssistsP. Kane 31
+/-J. Toews 16
GAAC. Crawford 2.28