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Blackhawks recall top prospect Teravainen

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday.

Teravainen, 20, is second on the IceHogs with 23 points (six goals and 17 assists) in 33 games. He had his best month in the AHL in December with three goals and seven assists in 13 games.

Teravainen is considered the Blackhawks’ top prospect. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2012 draft. He made his NHL debut last season and played in three games with the Blackhawks. This is his first full professional season in North America after previously playing in Finland.

IceHogs coach Ted Dent recently said Teravainen was playing some of his best hockey in Rockford.

“Recently, yeah, for sure, he's playing better," Dent said Tuesday. "The whole battle level and compete level just has to be there every night. It's tough. It's a tough league. You have to fight hard to get the puck back when you don't have it.

“Maybe he's gotten over that hump mentally. He's gotten to know his teammates better. He's been with them three months now. They're a good group of guys. I think he's settled in there as well.”

The Blackhawks made the roster transaction following an upper-body injury to Kris Versteeg on Thursday. Versteeg was expected to be examined again on Friday. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Versteeg could be out "a bit."