RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Teuvo Teravainen on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Teravainen $2.86 million per season in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
"Teuvo is a highly-skilled player and an important part of what we are building here," Francis said. "He's still a very young player and we look forward to seeing him take the next step in a Hurricanes uniform."
Teravainen, 22, established career highs in games played (81), goals (15), assists (27) and points (42) in 2016-17. The Helsinki, Finland, native ranked second among Hurricanes skaters in power-play points (15) and fifth in assists during his first season with the club. Teravainen was acquired by Carolina on June 16, 2016, along with Bryan Bickell in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2017.
Teravainen (5'11", 178 lbs.) was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft, and has totaled 86 points (32g, 54a) in 196 career regular-season games with Chicago and Carolina. He has earned 11 points (4g, 7a) in 25 career postseason contests, capturing the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015. Teravainen has represented Finland in a number of international competitions, including the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, alongside fellow Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho.