Teuvo Teravainen is the ultimate pass-first player, the kind of reflexive playmaker who would give serious consideration to a drop pass in the midst of an unobstructed breakaway. So in the wake of signing a big new contract with Carolina, would Teravainen alter his game to…shoot more?
“Maybe,” Teravainen said, with more than a hint of coyness. “You get some confidence. You know the team believes in you, it gives of course confidence, and I feel like I really belong here.”
He’s certainly scoring more. In the nine games after signing a five-year extension worth $5.4 million per season in late January, Teravainen scored seven of his 17 goals. And he is indeed shooting more: 2.6 shots per game, up from about two shots per game before the extension. Hey, it’s a start.
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