Senators Player Profile: Peter Regin

This is the first in a series of profiles on each player for the Ottawa Senators.

Peter Regin, C/W, Contract: 1.0/12 (RFA)
Drafted 3-89/04 (Muckler), 6’2, Shoots L, YOB 1986, Herning, Denmark
2009-10 75-13-16-29 +10 20pim TOI 12:53 TkA 50 FO% 44.6
2010-11 55-3-14-17 -4 12 pim TOI 13:23 TkA 40 FO% 41.8

Regin spent four years playing in Europe before he was signed by Bryan Murray in 2008.  In his three years playing for Timra, Regin demonstrated an all-around game that included slick hands and a great shot (150-25-33-58).  The season before he was signed he finished third on the team in scoring (55-12-19-31) behind future Flyer Mika Pyorala and former NHLer Riku Hahl.

There was little fanfare for Regin in the 2008-09 training camp, as the focus was on recent draft pick Zack Smith who nearly made the team.  Assigned to Binghamton, Regin suffered a shoulder injury in pre-season that initially kept him of the lineup.  When he finally did suit up, he was one of Binghamton’s best rookies (56-18-29-47), finishing third in rookie scoring (first on a point-per-game basis) behind Zack Smith and Mattias Karlsson, and he was first on the team in plus/minus (+15).

The following season (the last of his ELC) he beat Zack Smith for a roster spot and enjoyed a strong rookie campaign.  Fans truly embraced him after a strong playoff performance (6-3-1-4) in the team’s six-game loss to Pittsburgh.  Afterwards he was re-signed to a two-year deal and expectations were high (www.ottawasun.com/sports/ hockey/2010/09/11/15320376.html).

Regin was expected to supply secondary scoring for the Senators, but suffered the worst goal scoring drought of his career and lost Cory Clouston’s confidence.  Working hard defensively was not enough and he was derided by many (www.ottawasun.com/ sports/hockey/2011/01/08/16814836.html).  Just as his production was starting to come back he suffered another shoulder injury (the same he hurt in Binghamton two years earlier) and missed the rest of the season.

The Senators were pleased with his exit interview, where Regin blamed himself for his play rather than anyone or anything else.  Physically he’ll be fully recovered for camp and the organisation expects a return to form in the upcoming season.  Regin has never really been a high-end point producer, but if he returns to form I think 40 points is a fair expectation.  I like Regin, but I’m not sure if he can be a regular second line player.  He’s a little like Chris Kelly, but with more finish and less physicality.

-This is Regin’s outdated Hockey Futures profile (for those of you looking for his early projections as a prospect): http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/peter_regin
-Here’s an interview about Regin with Tim Murray from a couple of years ago: http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=38288
-There are a lot of Youtube highlights of Regin–this is just one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlTmiBSrI5A

Next up is Jesse Winchester.