I’m doing a daily review of each Chicago Blackhawks player and giving out grades based on performance during the 2013-14 season thus far. Today, we examine Peter Regin.
Regin has played just one game for Chicago, having been traded to the team only a handful of days prior to the Olympic break. He was one of the Blackhawks’ best players in that game, a 2-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in which most of the team looked fairly listless.
It remains to be seen exactly what role Regin will play in the Windy City. He had been having a brutal year with the New York Islanders before coming to Chicago, but this is at least partially attributable to atrocious puck luck; Regin’s PDO of 945 is the lowest on the active roster, and indicates a player who has had unsustainably bad fortune.
Regin’s best season came in 2009-10, a campaign in which he amassed 13 goals and 16 assists in limited ice time with the Ottawa Senators. Things rapidly deteriorated, however, and Regin has been mired in a production moratorium ever since. In his last 137 games, he has just seven goals and a shooting percentage of 3.6 percent.
It is certainly possible that a change of scenery could do the trick and get Regin headed back toward the player he was in 2009-10. Nevertheless, any Blackhawks fans with expectations must temper them; needless to say, the track record for players who have effectively gone on hiatus for three and a half seasons is decidedly negative.
Final Verdict: Incomplete.