As first reported by Walt Ruff of the Carolina Hurricanes’ team website, Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has been activated off of injured reserve. Per Ruff, Teravainen’s status regarding tomorrow’s game against the Los Angeles Kings is still to be determined.
Teravainen, 28, has missed the Hurricanes’ last ten games recovering from an upper-body injury. The veteran Finnish forward has no goals and just seven assists in 14 games so far this year, but as recently as last season Teravainen was scoring at a high level.
In 2021-22, Teravainen scored 65 points in 77 games, a total that ranked third on a strong Hurricanes team. With Andrei Svechnikov locking down the Hurricanes’ second-line left winger spot next to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Teravainen’s return would slot him in as the team’s first-line left winger next to Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas.
Should head coach Rod Brind’Amour choose to deploy Teravainen there, it would likely shift Seth Jarvis out of that first-line left winger spot and into the second-line right winger spot, a role currently occupied by Stefan Noesen. While Noesen has impressed this year with 10 points in 23 games, it’s likely that Brind’Amour would rather find room for Jarvis, one of the team’s top up-and-coming talents, in their top-six over Noesen.
Another option would be for this activation to shift Jack Drury out of the team’s lineup, as Drury has been playing in a fourth-line left winger role. Drury doesn’t have a point in the NHL this season, and the Hurricanes could opt to give him some more time to marinate in the AHL.
Regardless of what Brind’Amour ultimately chooses to do with his lines, the return of Teravainen is undoubtedly a win for Carolina. They add a strong top-six playmaker back to their lineup who should be able to help them as they attempt to catch up with the New Jersey Devils in the race for the Metropolitan Division crown.