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Zawaski: Blackhawks Add Skill, Grit Through 2012 NHL Draft

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By Jay Zawaski-

Friday and Saturday, the NHL held it’s annual entry draft in Pittsburgh, PA. ┬áThe Blackhawks made eight selections over the seven rounds. ┬áHere’s a look at who they picked, and how they might project for the team in the future.

First-round selection Teuvo Teravainen (TAY-vo Terra-VINE-en) was ranked 2nd overall among European skaters when the Blackhawks selected him with the 18th pick. When he was chosen, many scouts and experts said they had him as high as 5th overall on their draft boards. Teravainen is a speedy, skilled winger who can put the puck in the net. So why the slip to 18th? His size is a concern. At 5’11 165, he’s hardly a power forward. At 17, he will certainly fill out his frame and add some weight, but will still be on the small side.

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