Peter Regin a Pleasant Surprise for Chicago Blackhawks
The last few months haven’t gone particularly well for the Chicago Blackhawks, and this has certainly been no secret. As a team, Chicago has appeared to be a mix of disinterested, unfocused and fatigued. With the recent departure of Patrick Kane from the lineup, injuries have begun to take their toll as well.
Nevertheless, there have been a few bright spots in spite of the team’s shortcomings during the past several months. Peter Regin, acquired from the New York Islanders on Feb. 6, has played remarkably solid hockey since joining the Blackhawks.
Regin has played in 12 games with Chicago, averaging less than 10 minutes of ice time per contest. Despite the relative lack of opportunity, he has still managed to register four points in those 12 games — equal to what Michal Handzus has accomplished in his last 31 games with superior linemates and far more playing time.
On the defensive side of the ice, Regin has been responsible. His positioning in Chicago’s defensive zone is evidently more refined than all of the team’s other centers sans Jonathan Toews, and his speed on the backcheck is noticeable. He is a respectable +3 with Chicago, a nice number in light of the team’s significant struggles.
Regin is no savior, but it certainly is nice to see at least one player performing well with some consistency in what has been a tumultuous stretch for the Blackhawks.