Blackhawks agree with 1st-round pick
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract with 2012 first-round draft pick Teuvo Teravainen on Thursday.
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The 18-year-old Teravainen, a forward from Finland, was the 18th overall pick. He had 13 goals and 18 assists in 44 regular-season games for SM-liiga's Jokerit last season.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has hyped Teravainen as an impact player whenever he gets to the NHL.
"We're really looking forward to having him in a Blackhawks uniform at some point because he's a special player," Bowman said at the Blackhawks prospect camp in July. "I think he's going to electrify fans for a long time."
Bowman and Teravainen recently said they plan for Teravainen to play one more season in Finland before he makes a permanent move to the United States. Teravainen is expected to participate in the Blackhawks training camp in September.
Information from ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers and The Associated Press was used in this report.