In last night's season opener, Peter Regin played just 9:54 of hockey. That was less than any of his Ottawa Senators teammates, and third least among any skater in the game (he managed to play a few seconds more than Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn, two of the Winnipeg Jets' resident meatheads). He's a good young player with speed and defensive awareness, but he's barely played under head coach Paul MacLean, and the team has been forced to fill the roster without him due to his extended absences the last two seasons. So where, exactly, does Peter Regin fit on this team?
He certainly seems capable of continuing in the role he filled last night: Used sparingly as a third-liner and occasionally on the penalty kill. But it seems to me that once he gets his legs back (it's been over a year since he played an NHL game, after all), he should be able to offer much more to the Senators. His speed and puck control are very good, and he's a strong defensive presence on any line. He may continue to play third-line minutes on the Senators, but he could also be a good reinforcement for the second line if, for instance, Guillaume Latendresse isn't able to keep up with Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson. (Regin-Turris-Alfredsson would be a very good checking line for the Senators, in my opinion.)
Regin's going to get his chances this season, but they'll be numbered among his last ones with the team. If he can make the most of them, though, I'm thinking he should be able to earn the trust of Paul MacLean as a player who fits his system perfectly.
- Recaps of last night's game: Silver Seven | Arctic Ice Hockey | Citizen | Sun | CBC | Globe & Mail | NHL |
- For a change, Kevin Allen lists Jakob Silfverberg among the top NHL rookies to watch. (USA Today)
- Meanwhile, Patrick Wiercioch and Andre Benoit make this list of less obvious rookie to watch. (Fantasy Hockey Scouts)
- The B-Sens lost 4-2 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last night. Cole Schneider and Mika Zibanejad scored for Bingo, while Marc Cheverie (for some mysterious reason) got the loss. (B-Sens)
- This stunning "report" suggests the Senators "might trade Ben Bishop." (NBC PHT)
- One argument in favour of keeping Bishop: This news story explaining how little help the Sens got from their backups last year, and how important it will be to have more support in the compressed schedule. (CBC)
- Free beer? Gets 'em every time. (Puck Daddy)
- Finally, some post-game thoughts from Paul MacLean in the video below:
- The game was a "dog's breakfast" (I love that saying)
- Craig Anderson got a lot of help from "his buddies" (the posts) early on
- Thought Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot played well but "tried to do too much"
- Old news by now, but Alex Kovalev signed with Florida. (Litter Box Cats)
- ... and Wade Redden signed with St. Louis. (St. Louis Game Time)
- Speaking of former Senators, last night was their night to shine: The aforementioned Kovalev scored and had two assists (WTF), as did Marian Hossa (twice), Dany Heatley (twice), and Nick Foligno. Filip Kuba and Vaclav Prospal each had an assist. Zenon Konopka fought. (Although Brian Lee had no points and was minus-2 in a 6-3 win for the Lightning.)