Teuvo Teravainen’s been in Marko Dano’s skates. Twenty years old. The next big thing. Teammates raving about his skill.
Sent down to Rockford.
“You have to be positive, and keep working on your game,” Teravainen said on Friday. “Maybe he’s not that confident right now. He has to get there and play his best and show he can really do it. He’s a great player, and I think it’s just going to help this team this year.”
Joel Quenneville all but finalized his roster on Friday, and Dano — the prized 20-year-old acquired from Columbus in the Brandon Saad trade — wasn’t on it, sent packing for Rockford along with fellow forwards Ryan Hartman, Vincent Hinostroza, Brandon Mashinter, Dennis Rasmussen and Garrett Ross, and defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Ville Pokka.
That means Kyle Baun, who had a standout preseason, has made the team. So has defenseman Viktor Svedberg, as Michal Rozsival and Kyle Cumiskey likely won’t be healthy by the opener on Oct. 7.
Though Bryan Bickell was put on waivers, it doesn’t seem that Dano will be the one called up should Bickell be claimed, demoted or dealt.
“He’s a young player,” Quenneville said of Dano. “We made some decisions here today to get down to the number. He had a decent camp. He was ordinary in a couple of games. We want him getting pace into this game and getting our system in tune to his game. We just want him playing. There are a lot of guys who are in the same boat. We sent [down] a lot of guys who were competing for the same opportunities here who, down the road, can play. Right now, [go to Rockford], get playing, and hopefully they’re the first ones to get back.”
As for Svedberg, he beat out Pokka (acquired in the Nick Leddy trade) and Gustafsson, who signed last spring. The 6-foot-9 defenseman was a Black Ace in the postseason.
“He made really good progress,” Quenneville said. “He’s strong, his stick positioning has gotten way better, and he’s stronger in the puck area. He’s neater with the puck, makes a lot more direct plays than we saw in the past. Simple is always going to be good with him. The size really helps him, as well.”
Here are the 13 Hawks forwards who are left: Artem Anisimov, Baun, Bickell, Andrew Desjardins, Ryan Garbutt, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger, Panarin (who returned to practice on Friday), Andrew Shaw, Teravainen, Viktor Tikhonov and Jonathan Toews. The defensemen are Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Trevor Daley, Trevor van Riemsdyk, David Rundblad and Svedberg. The Hawks are still carrying three goalies, with Corey Crawford, Scott Darling and Michael Leighton.