What a difference nearly a year makes for Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus. Although the NHL’s trade deadline is nearly a month different from where it was in 2013, the Blackhawks have nonetheless made a move to acquire depth before rosters are frozen. With the acquisition of Peter Regin, the Blackhawks have made it clear that the competition for the second line center has never been more wide open.
Handzus solidified his spot last year with excellent second half play, winning over critics in the process. When the Blackhawks reacquired Handzus from the San Jose Sharks, he had proven to be incredibly fragile and only delivered two points in 28 games with the Sharks.
Likewise, Regin has a knack for being injury-prone and only produced seven points in his 44 contests with the New York Islanders this season. In his first game with the Blackhawks, Regin took shifts at second line center, registering one shot on goal in nearly 12 minutes of ice time. He was also the Blackhawks’ third-best player at the faceoff dot.
Tallying only one shot on goal seems to be a summation of Regin’s NHL career thus far with minimal production despite decent talent and above-average puck handling skills, per The Hockey News. That being said, there is still reason for optimism as Regin has never had the opportunity to display his talents in a puck-possession offense like this.
The Blackhawks will continue to rotate in players depending on situation and performance, so Regin will have to compete with both Brandon Pirri and Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a roster spot. However, if Handzus can make a comeback after being acquired by the Blackhawks, anybody can do it.
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