Peter Regin is considered one of the best talents to come out of Denmark in recent years. A native of Herning, Denmark, Regin was only 17 years old when he began his first full season with Herning Bluefox and his talent level was astounding. He has been one of the best players for the Danish team in World Championship tournaments and had he played in a better league there is no question he would have gone higher than 87th overall.
2002-03: Regin was all over the map in tournament play and was a key player for the Danish team in each competition. At the 2002 U18 WJCs, Regin scored 2 goals and recorded 22 penalty minutes in just 4 games. The following year at the same tournament, Regin was more disciplined finishing with just 6 penalty minutes and 2 assists in 5 games. Regin also took part in the U20 WJC tournament scoring 2 goals in 5 games. Denmark played in Division I in all instances. Regin also competed in 24 matches with Herning in the Danish League.
2003-04: Regin had an impressive rookie season in the Danish League, winning the “rookie of the year” award. He scored 11 goals and 10 assists in 37 games and recorded 16 penalty minutes, while going an impressive +30 for the year. Regin was once again a star in international competition, making a lasting impression at the U18 World Championships where he recorded 5 goals and 4 assist and was one of the best players on a surprisingly good Danish team. This tournament was a breakthrough for Regin who really used the chance to impress scouts. Regin was drafted in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
2004-05: This was a true breakout season for Regin in the Danish League. In 36 contests, Regin scored 19 goals and 27 assists. He followed up with an equally impressive playoff performace scoring 13 points in 16 games. Once again, Regin took the International tournaments as an opportunity to impress scouts. He dominated the Division I 2005 U20 WJCs with a 6 point performance in 5 games played. At the World Championships, Regin notched 3 assists in 6 agames.
2005-06: Moving out of the Danish League was necessary for Regin to establish himself as a bonafide NHL prospect. The Swedish Elite League was a perfect place for him to do just that. Regin caught on with Timra and played in 44 matches, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. When Timra missed the playoffs, Regin was sent to Timra’s junior team to get more experience and he notched 3 points in 4 games. Two of his points were goals, both coming on the man-advantage.
2006-07: The Timra (Elitserien) center netted nine goals and a career-high 16 points with the squad through 51 games. He also skated with the Denmark National team, having his best WC to date: three goals and as many assists through five games.
2007-08: In his third straight season with Timra (Elitserien), the center tallied a career-high 12 goals and 31 points with the squad; he also appeared in a career-high 55 games. He again competed with the Denmark National squad, netting two goals and three points at the WC.
2008-09: In his first year of North American hockey, Regin tallied 18 goals and 47 points with the Binghamton Senators (AHL). He also saw NHL action with Ottawa, tallying two points (1g+1a) in 11 games. He appeared in six more games with the Denmark National squad, netting one goal at the WC (he was voted a Top 3 Player on the Team). Expect to see him with Ottawa next season.
Regin’s best assets are his strong playmaking skills, soft hands, and overall offensive talent. He sees the ice well and is calm when he passes the puck, which bodes well for a future as a playmaker. In front of the net, he knows where to put the puck and he has a terrific ability to find the open man. Regin has improved his skating and now possesses a more powerful stride and better balance. Though he has a ‘pass first’ mentality, Regin does have a knack for scoring goals. He has strong shooting abilities, specifically a high caliber wrist shot. Regin is not the strongest player and definitely needs to bulk up just as his defensive game is a work in progress. His frame is promising and the above issues should become better as he matures and gains more strength. If Regin´s skill level continues to rise he has every chance of making a solid career.
Regin was dealt by the New York Islanders to the Chicago Blackhawks along with P-M Bouchard in exchange for a draft pick in February of 2014.