Exclusive Guest Blogger: Kris Kok
Remember Peter Regin? With the lockout now finally over some of you may have forgot that Bryan Murray resigned the 87th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft to a one year $800 000 deal in the off season. The deal itself tells us that Senators management wants to see if the often injured center/left winger can stay healthy and produce offensively. With the wealth of offensive prospects in the system and a large amount of cap space in the coming off season, this is quite likely Regins last chance to prove himself. So which Peter Regin will we get this season? After many unsuccessful attempts to rehabilitate his chronic shoulder injuries that limited him to 10 games last season, Regin went under the knife and had his shoulder surgically repaired. Sens fans would surely welcome the Peter Regin who scored 4 points ,including 3 goals, during the 2009-2010 playoffs but that may be asking a lot. With a 48 game season looming perhaps expectations in line with his 2010-2011 season producing 17 points in 55 games in a season where he suffered, you guessed it, yet another shoulder injury. Of note, during that season he recorded an abysmal 3.4% shooting percentage, career NHL average is 7.8%. This of course all depends on if he can stay healthy, and that is a huge if. Regin spent some limited time with SC Langenthal in the second tier Swiss league where he scorced 5 points in 4 games and even more positively, he stayed healthy. He also joined teamates Marc Methot, Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson for practices with the Carleton University Ravens mens hockey team during the lockout, side note; Carleton mens team is in first place in their conference. Certainly there are more attractive options within the Senators lineup to contribute offensively, but the NHLs 5th leading offensive team would welcome more offensive production of course.
Regin is an interesting player to have when considering the Senators lineup. Listed as having C/LW eligibility a healthy Peter Regin is a great candidate to play up in the lineup in the event of injuries during this condensed season. And suddenly, the Senators are loaded with depth at centre, something I personally welcome from the days of Fisher playing second line centre. With Spezza and Turris holding down 1LC and 2LC respectively and Zack Smith a perfect candidate for third line duties with Jim O’ Brien being the 4th line guy. Where does Regin fit it potentially? To start the season it will almost certainly be on the left wing. After Milan Michalek the left wing position is a lot more undefined when compared to centre. Guillaume Latendresse likely slots in on the second line, and Regin on the third. This could change with line juggling, performance and of course injuries An interesting comparable between these two players: both played 55 game NHL seasons within the last three seasons. The difference? Latendresse netted 25 goals during his.
The condensed schedule provides a challenge for Paul Mclean and the Senators coaching staff when it comes to limited playing time for its veteran players. Alfredsson almost certainly will need an occasional game off, and I am not convinced Spezza will play all 48 either. Regin again, can be shuffled amongst the lineup in these situations.
Peter Regin is a good player to have in the Senators lineup, he provides lineup flexibility and can contribute offensively, he’s also a better option right now then Zibanejad, who appears to be recovering from his health issues and beyond Silfverberg, none of the other forward prospects seem to be ready to make the jump just yet although I like the buzz around Mike Hoffman, having an excellent season in Binghamton. Stay posted for Sensbud’s forward lineup in the upcoming days!