Teuvo Teravainen: 2018-19 By The Numbers
- Age: 24
- NHL Seasons: 6
- Games Played: 82
- Scoring: 21 goals, 55 assists, 76 points
- Ice Time: 17:55 all situations
- 5-on-5: 55.6 CF%, 51.7% oZS, 48.3% dZS
- Contract Status: Signed a 5-year, $27 million extension during 2018-19 season
Making The Grade
The longer you look at Teuvo Teravainen play hockey, the more you realize what a steal you’re getting for the price you’re paying. Acquired for a 2nd and a 3rd round pick, plus the cost of Bryan Bickell’s contract, Teravainen’s value to this team has continued to skyrocket and the 2018-19 season was no exception.
The Finnish forward finished with a career high in assists and points and played a full 82-game season for the second season in a row. He played alongside dynamic linemates Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter that has helped form the best first line the Hurricanes have had in at least a decade.
Williams to Niederreiter to Teravainen and suddenly the Hurricanes have the best power play in the history of the NHL. 3-1 game. pic.twitter.com/isRzTEQZ5A— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) February 13, 2019
Teravainen took strides as a reliable source of offense and seemed to be in the right place at the right time when the Hurricanes needed a goal or a great pass to set up an offensive opportunity. The Hurricanes took a low-risk gamble with the two-year bridge deal Teravainen was on for the past two seasons.
Here come the Finns. Teuvo Teravainen nets a massive goal. Excellent play by Sebastian Aho to tie up Kuznetsov's stick in the slot. 3-2 game in Washington. pic.twitter.com/tloFV5HYEp— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) April 25, 2019
But with every great performer comes a raise. Teravainen signed a 5-year, $27 million extension during the course of the 2018-19 season. The deal may come off as one of the best “bangs for your buck.” Compare it to former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who signed a 8-year, $72 million deal after putting up a 40 goal, 63 point season. Teravainen eclipsed 70 points this season for the first time in his career, a feat Skinner has never been able to accomplish. When looking at Teravainen’s comparables, the Hurricanes management team should receive much credit for retaining the forward on such a team friendly deal.
With a surging Aho as his linemate, it’s hard to predict Teravainen’s ceiling from here. However, he has the tools to consistently put together 70-point seasons and help the Hurricanes thrive as a result.
How do you grade Teuvo Teravainen’s 2018-19 season?
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A - Outstanding performance
B - Above average performance
C - Average performance
D - Below average performance
F - Significantly below average performance