Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Peter Regin (12) with the puck during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks announced on Saturday that Andrew Shaw will not be available for Sunday’s game with a lower body injury. Shaw was injured in the first period of the Game 1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Shaw had 20 goals and 19 assists during the regular season. In the playoff’s Shaw had two goals and two assists in seven post season games this year.
The Blackhawks are now faced with filling Shaw’s spot on the roster and on the ice. The Blackhawks have three options to replace Shaw. Joakim Nordstrom is not an option to replace Shaw because Nordstrom has already been moved into the lineup for Kris Versteeg. Sheldon Brookbank also is not an option because he has been used only as defensemen in the playoffs. The three choices to replace are Kris Versteeg, Jeremy Morin, and Peter Regin.
In my mind Versteeg is not a legitimate candidate to replace Shaw. Versteeg has played so poorly in the eyes of the Blackhawks coaching staff that he has been benched. Versteeg does not bring a physical game and cannot play center. With all of that being said, Versteeg should remain on the bench.
Morin is probably the choice of the Blackhawks fans; however, the coaching staff is not a fan of him. Morin would give the Blackhawks a physical presence and another scoring threat. Morin ended his regular season with four goals and two assists in six games. The main reason Morin did not make the playoff roster is because of his defense. The coaching staff does not believe he is responsible enough in his own zone. Although most Blackhawks fan would LOVE to see Morin play, I doubt it will happen.
The logical choice is Peter Regin. Regin is a big presence at 6’2 195lbs. Regin can center the third line just as Shaw did. Regin a solid professional who not going to light up the stat sheet, but he is going to play a solid center and play solid defense.
The Blackhawks face off against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Sunday. The game will start at 2pm Central time on NBC.
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