Feb 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes the save on Chicago Blackhawks center Peter Regin (12) during the third period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
It’s almost comical how long we have been talking about the 2nd line center for the Chicago Blackhawks, and for 60 games out of a 82 game season it’s still the number one topic of conversation. Michal Handzus is too slow, Brandon Pirri isn’t good enough defensively, Marcus Kruger has something special with Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith on the 4th line not to change it up. There is always a problem with a position that has Patrick Kane on the line of all people.
Next up, Peter Regin! Regin arrived the game before the Olympic break and was part of what was one of the hardest Blackhawks games to watch in some time which ended in a 2-0 shut out in Phoenix. It’s hard to give Regin a first look grade for two reasons, no one seemed interested in playing that night and Patrick Kane was not on the ice.
So tonight in New York at Madison Square Garden we will get to see how Regin fits in. Since Regin played in New York for the Islanders I asked our friend Andy Graziano from the New York Islanders Fansided site Eyes On Isles a few questions about Regin and what to expect.
1.Bu– What Are Regin’s Strengths?
1. Isles-Answer-Peter Regin is an excellent skater and will definitely help the penalty kill. He, with the proper linemates, can also pot the occasional goal or two. One thing for certain; once he found his legs on Long Island, he will not hurt the hockey club. Average on faceoffs.
2. BU Q– What are Regin’s Weaknesses?
2. Isles Answer-He can sometimes disappear for stretches and seem disinterested. This could be attributed to the tough season and surroundings on Long Island this season, especially with the Islanders suffering another dreadful November/December slump however. He was never known for those issues in Ottawa.
3. BU– How can Regin make the Hawks better?
3 Isles Answer- I think he can help on the penalty kill, currently ranked 26th in the NHL. He can be a steady defensive presence on an offensive line
4. BU– Can Regin be the #2 Center for Chicago for the Stretch run?
4 Isles Answer– I do not see a player such as Regin suiting up every night for a team as deep as Chicago
From a guy who watched over 2/3 of season this is not a ringing endorsement for a player that gets to have Patrick Kane as his wing for the forseeable future! So the question for you is how long do you see Regin in this position? How long until he’s added to the list of players that couldn’t succeed in what has to be a pretty desirable position to play in the NHL. I hope he succeeds but looking at his track record and from the words of Andy it doesn’t look to encouraging! Thanks Again to Andy for stopping by and answering a few questions for us!
It all starts tonight! Will the Regin Administration last more than 2 weeks?
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