Player Profile: Peter Regin

Peter Regin, C/W, Contract: 0.8/13 (UFA), Drafted 3-89/04 (Muckler)
6’2, Shoots L, YOB 1986, Herning, Denmark
2009-10 NHL Ott 75-13-16-29 (ppg 0.38) +10 20pim TOI 12:53 FO 44.6
2010-11 NHL Ott 55-3-14-17 (ppg 0.31) -4 12 pim TOI 13:23 FO 41.8
2011-12 NHL Ott 10-2-2-4 (ppg 0.4) +3 2pim TOI 14:05 FO 49.2

Regin spent four years playing in Europe before he was signed by Bryan Murray in 2008.  In his three years playing for Timra  (150-25-33-58), Regin demonstrated an all-around game that included slick hands and a great shot.  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 by ppg) behind Zack Smith and Mattias Karlsson; 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.

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.  Just as his production was starting to come back he suffered another shoulder injury and missed the rest of the season.

The Senators were pleased with his exit interview at the end of 2011, where Regin blamed himself for his play rather than anyone or anything else.  Physically he was expected to fully recover from his injury, but this past season he was derailed by yet another (but apparently unrelated) shoulder injury and he only played 10 games.  He took a pay cut to re-sign with the Sens, with Tim Murray stating the obvious, “[Regin] has had a tough two years with injuries, but when he was not injured, he was certainly a top nine forward (capable of playing on the top three lines), with good offensive skills.”

Regin has never been a high-end point producer, but if he returns to form I think 30-35 points is a fair expectation if he can stay healthy.  This is a make-or-break year for his NHL career in the sense that he has to show the league he can stay healthy for a full season.

-Here’s an interview about Regin with Tim Murray from a few years ago
-There are a lot of Youtube highlights of Regin, this is just one

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