In 2012, the Blackhawks selected Teuvo Teräväinen 18th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Teräväinen had just finished an 18 point season for Jokerit in Liiga. After being drafted, he continued his career overseas for another two years. At the end of the 2013-14 Liiga season, Teräväinen joined the Blackhawks for a few games. The 2014-15 season was his first full season in the organization, and it ended with a Stanley Cup championship. Teräväinen was one of the most impactful players, as he finished the playoffs with 10 points in 18 games.
In classic Stan Bowman fashion, an impactful young player was bound to be shipped out. Unfortunately, Teräväinen was no exception. After putting up 35 points in 78 games during the 2015-16 season, the Blackhawks packaged Teräväinen with Bryan Bickell. They sent them to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2016 second-round pick and a 2017 third-round pick. Bickell was eating into cap space that the Blackhawks badly needed to get rid of. Unfortunately, Teräväinen was the price.
Teräväinen has been nothing short of spectacular for the Hurricanes. He truly broke out as a superstar in the league. While the Hurricanes have yet to reach the Stanley Cup finals, he provides a stable top line playing alongside Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho. So it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than the Hurricanes pulling off the heist of the century in this trade.
Teräväinen’s best year was the 2018-19 season, where he scored 76 points in 82 games with the Hurricanes.