Party on, kid. (Photo credit: Matti Korpi/Jokerit)
The draft, hands down, is the best time of the hockey season. Maybe I'm just saying that because the Wild haven't been seen post-season action since 2008, but that is besides the point.
The Wild hold seven picks this year, including the 7th overall pick. The last time that Wild had a pick this high was when the team selected Benoit Pouliot 4th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (the beginning of the Wild's awful draft record, as seen by our pal's inspiration for their blog's name...).
However, since GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brett Flahr arrived, the team has started to see some promise. Some of these names include the Christ-like (or whoever you pray to) Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Charlie Coyle and the recently drafted Jonas Brodin.
So, on June 22nd-23rd, we will all sit down in front of the television/computer and watch the draft. But if you are wondering, "who's who", then you haven't been reading HW because thats my job.
So without further ado:
Introducing our 2012 NHL #10 Draft Prospect - Teuvo Teravainen
Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.
Left Wing / Jokerit Helsinki
Sep 11 1994
|2011/12 - Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Accomplishments & Awards:
|2011/12||Jr. A SM-liiga Silver Medal
|SM-liiga Bronze Medal|
|SM-liiga Rookie of the Year|
|2009/10||Jr. C SM-sarja Champion|
|2008/09||Jr. C SM-sarja Champion|
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?):
For some reason, it just looks 'right' to me...
Summarized Scouting Report
A speedy goal scorer with good vision and creativity ... has the talent to score plenty of goals in the NHL if he can handle the grind ... he’s a good skater with an explosive first step and good agility ... good speed ... quick shot release ... brings quickness and skill to the offensive zone ... distributes the puck well on the attack ... good in tight spaces and can be very dangerous when he has time and space ... magnetic puck skills ... on-ice elusiveness ... outstanding playmaking ability ... skill-set makes him a very valuable player on the powerplay ... puck-handling prowess ... has great hockey sense ... creative and calm with the puck ... elite vision ... a very smart player
Needs to improve his balance ... gain strength to take on veteran opponents ... doesn’t have a physical aspect to his game ... could be grittier
Offensive Top Six Forward
Teuvo Teräväinen #86 (via jokerit28)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
The Wild have always missed offense, and Teravainen is an offensive player that would look good with Finnish Mikael Granlund
We always wanted a goal-scoring prospect, but that want has seemed to have disappeared, seeing that a majority of the fans want a defenseman.The acquisition of Charlie Coyle and the rise of Johan Larsson, Brett Bulmer, Erik Haula, and Mario Lucia has helped that.
But lets not kid ourselves, all of these prospects are skilled but none are goal-scorers, something the Wild still gravely miss.
Teravainen is a goal scorer, he's Finnish, and he's good. However, he's more than just a goal scorer. He can handle the puck well, dish passes out effectively, and plays a decent defensive game as well. He's got the all-round package and has a strong selection of offensive talents. However, the part that is missing from his game is physicality.
Well, not just physicality, but strength. He is only a skinny 165lbs and while that may suffice on a bigger, European ice rink, it won't last in the NHL.
But while Jacob Trouba is my favorite, I would not be surprised to see Teravainen wear the Wild jersey on draft day.
Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Report