CHICAGO -- The much-anticipated arrival of Teuvo Teravainen dominated a busy morning skate for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at United Center.
The 19-year old Finnish forward, Chicago's top prospect, officially joined his new team on the ice for drills but won't play Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Instead, the Blackhawks want to give Teravainen some time to get acclimated to his surroundings.
They also want to take as much pressure off his shoulders as possible, even as fans look to him to ease the sting of losing right wing Patrick Kane to a lower-body injury for the rest of the regular season.
"The thing we just want to be cautious about is he's a 19-year-old kid," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He's not coming in here to carry the team. We certainly have high hopes for him in the future, but this is more just an experience for Teuvo to come in and see what the NHL is all about."