Brent Regner
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Brent Regner


Newbrook Alberta



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5th round (137th overall), 2008


170 lbs.

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2007-08: Brent Regner played a much larger role as a top-pairing defenseman this season, after spending his first season of draft eligibility playing on a very deep Vancouver Giants team. Along with Jonathan Blum, Regner was one of the Giants two best defensemen all year. Regner really stepped up his play in the WHL playoffs, where he led the Giants defensemen in scoring, and finished second in team scoring. It was a real breakthrough year for him.

2008-09: Regner made great strides in his third season with the Vancouver Giants, turning in his best amateur performance to date. In 70 regular-season games for the Giants, Regner potted 15 goals to go with 52 assists, just off a point-per-game pace for a player that went undrafted in 2007. The 19-year-old rearguard has continued that pace into the playoffs.

2009-10: Regner skated in 50 games during his rookie season with the Syracuse Crunch. The blueliner scored 4 goals and 16 assists for 20 points.

2010-11: Regner skated in 56 of 80 games for Springfield (AHL) in his second pro season as several highly-regarded prospects forcing their way into the Falcons blueline corps. After seeing limited ice time and having a tough time staying in the lineup early in the year, Regner saw his role gradually increase as the season went on. He finished with 6 goals and 13 assists and was -4 with 17 PMs on a Falcons team that failed to make the AHL playoffs.

2011-12: Regner had his best season as a pro last season with the Falcons. He finished the year with 31 points (29 assists) and a plus/minus rating of four (his first plus rating since turning pro). He established his ability to move the puck this season.


Talent Analysis

Even after adding weight, Regner is still one of the smaller players on the ice. He is constantly improving his puck moving ability. As a smaller defenseman, Regner relies on his stick work and speed during one-on-one plays.



Regner will start the year in the AHL for the fourth straight year. He could get a call to the Jackets at some point if he comes to camp stronger, but his ceiling is as a bottom-pair defenseman.


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