PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks’ list of untouchables is growing.
While Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is open to trading with other teams in the coming weeks, there are a handful of players he won’t even discuss moving. That list would start with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and Bowman included two of the organization’s youngest players, Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen, in that mix as well Saturday.
“No, [I won’t listen to offers for Saad and Teravainen,]” Bowman said at the NHL draft Saturday. “Part of the reason we’re able to reach the level that we have as a team and sustain it is we’ve kept our young players, and we’re not going to change that philosophy. They’re too important to what we’re doing. It would be detrimental to them. Not only are they young, but they’re talented players. It would be hard to replace their ability as well their age and contract status and all that.”
Saad, 21, completed his second NHL season this past season. He had 19 goals, 28 assists and was a plus-20 in 78 regular-season games. He played at his best in the Western Conference finals and had four goals and five assists in seven games against the Los Angeles Kings. He’s set to become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
Teravainen, 19, has only appeared in three NHL games, but he’s already created a massive buzz. He starred in Finland’s Liiga last season and came over to Chicago to make his NHL debut late last season. He’s considered the Blackhawks’ top prospect and has a high-end offensive game. His entry-level contract will officially begin next season.