Teuvo Teravainen 2019-20 By the Numbers
- Age: 25
- NHL Seasons: 7
- Games Played: 68
- Scoring: 15 goals, 48 assists, 63 points
- Average TOI:19:12
- Contract Status: Four years left on five-year contract with $5.4 million AAV
After putting up career highs in points and assists in 2018-19, Teuvo Teravainen came back in 2019-20 and was arguably even better for the Canes. Teravainen excelled at what he does best; pinpoint passing to set up goals game after game.
Teravainen led the Canes with 48 assists when the season got shut down, 11 more than anyone else on the team. His 63 points were second on the squad to only Sebastian Aho, as Teravainen continued to show that he’s an elite NHL passer who is just as important to Carolina’s top line as Aho and the young phenom Andrei Svechnikov.
When COVID-19 shut down the 2019-20 season, Teravainen was on pace to set a new career high in assists and to tie his career-best point total of 76 from a year ago. The shutdown put an end to maybe the best regular season of his now seven-year old NHL career, a season in which he fully displayed what he is capable of while playing every single game for the Canes. In Carolina’s 68 games, Teravainen had at least a point in 44 of them.
Teravainen’s season started out hot, as he put together a five-game point streak right out of the gate. It was one of three separate five-plus game point streaks of the season for Teravainen, who delivered assists in Carolina’s first four games and found the net himself in games four and five of the year.
Teuvo Teravainen somehow deflects the shot from Haydn Fleury by Bobrovsky, who had no chance at stopping that one. Teravainen's first of the season. Canes kill a long 5-on-3 and immediately score to make it 2-0. pic.twitter.com/kNYLr9nFJF— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) October 8, 2019
Teravainen’s hot start extended well beyond the opening five games of the year, as the Finnish winger tallied at least one point in 20 of the Hurricanes’ first 24 games. His points mostly came from assists during that stretch, including a three-apple game against Florida in late November, but he did find the net himself seven times in the Canes’ first 24 games.
Let’s take a little break here and watch Teravainen deliver some absolutely fantastic passes, as well as score a few himself.
Dougie Hamilton pokes the puck through Nelson's legs at the NYI blue line to start the rush, made the cross-crease pass to Teuvo Teravainen from one leg and off-balance, and Teravainen put it in the open net. Pretty spectacular play from Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/P61N6oO2zc— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) October 11, 2019
Dougie Hamilton scores again. He roamed around the offensive zone and scored his 5th goal of the season. Assists to Teravainen and Aho. pic.twitter.com/J2oWOHRIgp— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) October 17, 2019
Andrei Svechnikov draws a penalty and gets the shot off, Teuvo Teravainen nets the rebound in front. Canes up 2-1, and they get another power play. pic.twitter.com/gNcZBCPjPt— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 2, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen to Dougie Hamilton to the back of the net. Goal #8 for Hamilton. The Hurricanes have 5 goals through 2 periods tonight. pic.twitter.com/n1EQhrSyCh— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 12, 2019
McGinn picks up the puck in front and rifles a wrister by Dubnyk to make it 2-0. Teuvo Teravainen gets the primary assist, he has points in 5 straight games. pic.twitter.com/VhQR2RubLl— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 16, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen sets up Brett Pesce for a one-time laser. Hurricanes are on the board. pic.twitter.com/015oEo8zqy— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 24, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen with a slick backhand pass to Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton scores his 10th of the season and the Hurricanes are up 3-2. pic.twitter.com/btfVQLzSyi— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 24, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen with a slick pass to Andrei Svechnikov for the backdoor tap-in during the 5-on-3. Svech's 13th goal of the year gives the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/lv5o8SNN0H— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 8, 2019
A big chunk of the success of the Hurricanes’ season came when Teravainen, Aho and Svechnikov were playing together on the top line. The chemistry between Teravainen and Aho is absolutely unreal, as the two seem to be able to find each other whenever they want.
Aho had a huge goal-scoring outbreak in the 2019-20 season, and a lot of the credit should go to Teravainen for delivering beautiful pass after beautiful pass to his countryman and teammate. Here’s a bunch of Teravainen to Aho goals, and be warned; most of these are nasty.
Sebastian Aho's 9th goal of the year is a PPG and gives the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead in Buffalo. The centering feed came from Teuvo Teravainen. Andrei Svechnikov gets the other assist. pic.twitter.com/Pkt7q3bXHv— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) November 15, 2019
Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen combine for a highlight reel passing play and goal. It's Aho's 14th of the season. Hurricanes take a 3-1 lead over the Wild. pic.twitter.com/P1wLsnqNUc— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 8, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen with the pass to Sebastian Aho... again. Those two combine again to give the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead. Canes have 2 power play goals tonight. pic.twitter.com/DXn7aS3O4v— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 8, 2019
Teuvo Teravainen hits Sebastian Aho for a shorthanded breakaway goal.— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) March 11, 2020
I have absolutely no idea how he made that pass. The only explanation - it's Teravainen and Aho.
4-2 Hurricanes in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/zB2xjogsL1
Teuvo Teravainen continues to do things that don't make any sense. A spectacular pass to Sebastian Aho. Aho's 19th goal of the season, Hurricanes take a 2-1 lead in Winnipeg. pic.twitter.com/DPhTGWBOAW— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 18, 2019
Let’s take another look at that one from a different angle. I mean, this is ridiculous. What a pass. It took Svechnikov scoring two lacrosse-style goals and an EBUG getting a win for this not to be my favorite Canes’ highlight of the season.
I mean, this is just silly. Teuvo Teravainen is something else. pic.twitter.com/Tir7T7AR6H— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 18, 2019
As we get caught up in Teravainen’s absurdly good passing, let’s not forget he can score as well. While his goal numbers were a bit down, as he was only on pace for 18 goals which would have been his lowest output since 2016-17, Teravainen still found the net and put together some nice scoring highlights of his own.
Teuvo Teravainen cashes in on an excellent sequence by Sebastian Aho. Awesome play. Andrei Svechnikov gets the other assist. Hurricanes take a 3-1 lead over the Jets in the first period. pic.twitter.com/SNe2JolG9C— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) January 22, 2020
Well, okay.— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) February 29, 2020
Teuvo Teravainen with a blast and a bounce. He gets the Hurricanes on the board and makes it a 2-1 game. Sebastian Aho with the primary assist, he extends his career-long point streak to 14 games.
Brady Skjei kept the zone and gets his first point as a Hurricane. pic.twitter.com/uZYsXch5vk
The Carolina Hurricanes have entered the chat.— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) February 29, 2020
Teuvo Teravainen scores his second goal in 121 seconds and has tied the game at 2-2 in the third period. Sebastian Aho with another assist, Jaccob Slavin carried it up ice and gets the primary assist. pic.twitter.com/zjv7hpNK1e
Teravainen’s play was consistent and spectacular from start to finish in 2019-20. He along with Aho and Svechnikov put together one of the most exciting lines in hockey, and he dazzled everyone with his passes game in and game out.
There’s a strong argument to be made that Teravainen should have been an All-Star. He lost out in the “Last Men In” voting to T.J. Oshie, just missing out on what would have been his first All-Star Game experience.
Still, Teravainen was fantastic. The Hurricanes’ top line is not one to be taken lightly, and it’s Teravainen who really helps facilitate things. When the NHL season resumes next month, fully expect Teravainen to pick up right where he left off.
How would you grade Teuvo Teravainen’s 2019-20 season?
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A - Outstanding Performance
B - Above Average Performance
C - Average Performance
D - Below Average Performance
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