The Chicago Blackhawks have a few locks on their blueline. Guys like Seth Jones, Connor Murphy, Jake McCabe, and Calvin de Haan are going to get playing time this season, the other two spots are where things are up for grabs.
The Blackhawks have a number of defensemen vying for few spots, Alec Regula should get a chance to play.
Alec Regula was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2018 in the third round. He was then traded for Brendan Perlini in October of 2019. This trade was good for the Hawks as they added another young defenseman who can be a part of the farm system and maybe earn a spot in the league.
He played in just three games last season not registering any points, but he did get three blocked shots and three hits. Regula’s ice time average is only about 12:23 a game because during the games he played the Hawks were carrying seven defensemen and icetime was hard to come by.
Obviously, this year is going to be about the new additions to the blueline in Jones and McCabe, but if the team has an injury or two one guy that should definitely get a chance to step up would be Regula. Regula has the size at 6’4″ and can be a good defenseman if he can develop and get more confident on the ice.
Regula’s chance this season might not be that long, and it will probably come midway through the season if someone gets injured for a stretch, but still he is someone the team should be lucky to have in their organization as he can be something in a few more years.
Chances are the Hawks’ last two defensemen outside of the main four listed earlier will be Stillman and a guy like Caleb Jones. Personally, I want to see Wyatt Kalynuk play more this year, but the blueline really is just too crowded right now for everyone to get opportunities.
That does mean that the group in Rockford could be pretty impressive with Beaudin, Mitchell, Regula, and Kalnyuk all potentially spending time down there this season. Who will get the first chance if someone gets injured and a callup is necessary will be interesting to see.
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