Teuvo Teravainen’s team-friendly contract is paying off for the Hurricanes
Projected to hit 80 factors for the primary time in his profession, Teuvo Teravainen is offering large worth to start his five-year contract. With the Carolina Hurricanes seeking to be constant Stanley Cup contenders, that is big.Teuvo Teravainen|Gregg Forwerck/NHLI by way of Getty ImagesThe Carolina Hurricanes completely hit the jackpot after they acquired Teuvo Teravainen in 2016.
Regardless of Teravainen being probably the most promising younger forwards within the recreation, the Blackhawks moved him and Bryan Bickell to Carolina in a cap-clearing deal that netted Chicago a second-round decide within the 2016 NHL Draft and a third-round decide within the 2017 draft. The 2016 decide turned out to be Artur Kayumov, a ahead who doesn’t look more likely to play within the NHL anytime quickly, whereas the 2017 choice was flipped to accumulate Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Crimson Wings. He went on to attain 11 factors in 42 video games with the Blackhawks and has since landed with the Edmonton Oilers this season. So, all instructed, the swap left Chicago with subsequent to nothing. It doesn’t take a mastermind to comprehend the Blackhawks received fleeced.
Teravainen, alternatively, has slowly however certainly emerged as one of many NHL’s greatest playmaking forwards, and his gradual rise earned him a five-year extension value $5.4-million per season final January. That payday got here at a time when the Finnish winger had a decent 29 assists and 39 factors by way of 48 video games. Not unhealthy, however the Hurricanes knew there was extra to Teravainen’s recreation. And this season, we’re seeing it. Precisely one yr after placing pen to paper, Teravainen had a team-leading 48 factors and getting into motion Tuesday leads the Hurricanes with 54 factors by way of 55 video games. That places him on tempo for a career-best 81 factors.
It’s not simply that Teravainen is scoring, nevertheless. It’s the way in which he’s piling up factors that’s spectacular. Digging just a little deeper, solely Leon Draisaitl (18), Nathan MacKinnon (18) and Nikolaj Ehlers (17) have extra major assists than Teravainen at even power. Teravainen’s Corsi proportion sits at 57.9, good for eighth within the NHL, and that’s paired with a 60.6 targets proportion at 5-on-5, the 42nd-highest mark amongst all gamers with at the least 500 minutes performed. Teravainen hasn’t been driving any coattails to get to these marks, both. His 1.65 major assists-per-60 in any respect strengths is third within the league behind Jonathan Huberdeau (1.97) and Mitch Marner (1.75), and Teravainen likewise sits third with 1.34 major assists per 60 minutes at 5-on-5.
These are high-end numbers for somebody who doesn’t get as a lot hype as teammates Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. And it positive does imply Teravainen is offering some severe bang for the Hurricanes’ buck.
For reference, CapFriendly’s closest contract comparables for Teravainen embody the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jason Zucker ($5.5 million AAV), Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ondrej Palat ($5.three million) and Teravainen’s teammate Nino Niederreiter ($5.25 million). As for manufacturing, Zucker is on tempo for 50 factors, Palat within the 55-point vary and Niederreiter is trending in direction of 36 factors. After all, when Teravainen signed the deal, his profession excessive was 64 factors in 2017-18 and 42 factors the season prior. Thus, Teravainen didn’t have a big physique of labor to warrant a much bigger payday, however there aren’t many gamers on a post-entry-level deal offering as a lot worth as Teravainen this season. Presently, of the 21 gamers forward of Teravainen in scoring who aren’t on an entry-level contracts, solely David Perron (53 factors at $4-million per season) earns much less.
Teravainen is as beneficial because it will get in Carolina, too. In the event you do the mathematics, Teravainen’s cost-per-point is $100,000, $16,379 cheaper than Ryan Dzingel (29 factors in 54 video games) for the crew lead. Amongst gamers set to be a UFAs on their subsequent deal, solely seven gamers with at the least 50 factors are offering higher worth this season, together with superstars David Pastrnak and Nathan MacKinnon, and that’s a formidable group with which to be related. If Teravainen was set to turn out to be a free agent, he would hole the next-highest scoring UFA (a tie between Mike Hoffman and Taylor Corridor) by 9 factors. Given the historical past of NHL GMs overpaying throughout weak free-agent market years, one can solely think about what Teravainen would command.
With three consecutive 40-plus help campaigns and on tempo to hit 60 this season, the Hurricanes are getting prime-time numbers at an unimaginable worth, and Teravainen is hitting his stride as Aho and Svechnikov proceed to turn into top-line stars. At 25, Teravainen continues to be younger and shall be an enormous issue in the course of the Hurricanes’ rivalry window – and given the cap flexibility his contract offers, there’s loads of room for Carolina to hold round in Stanley Cup rivalry for years to return.
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