Peter Regin had his uncomfortable moments with the Chicago Blackhawks.
It was all part of adjusting to a new team. The 27-year-old forward was traded to Chicago just before the Olympic break. Since then he bounced in and out of the lineup, up and down the lines and struggled to find his place. Now, however, Regin’s starting to find his way and is finding himself on a consistent line.
Regin’s getting more at ease and getting more playing time in recent games, where he’s been teaming with Brandon Bollig and Marcus Kruger on the Blackhawks’ fourth line. Usually a center, Regin’s played wing on that line but has felt fine with that adjustment. Outside of a tough game vs. Nashville — and a few Blackhawks had tough outings that night — Regin has liked his progress.
“I’ve played in different positions, different roles, so I’m kind of getting a feel for everything. I feel more comfortable and I can just play more now,” he said prior to the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. “I know the system that (coach Joel Quenneville) wants us to be in: play very aggressive. I was probably staying back a little too much in the beginning and now I’m getting used to that. I don’t have to think as much. I just go out and play.”
Quenneville also said Regin looks more comfortable now.
“The last couple of games he’s been much better,” he said. “He’s probably more comfortable with our system, where he needs to be around the rink and there’s more pace to his game. He looked good with Kruger and Boller the last couple of games. I thought his game got better when they were together and I like the progress the last couple (of games).”
Regin has enjoyed playing with Bollig and Kruger. He’s in the right wing spot vacated by Ben Smith, who was promoted to the second line with his recent performances.
“Krugs is very smart, very responsible defensively and that gives us some freedom. We know we can go on the forecheck and even if we get lost, he’ll cover up and we won’t give up anything,” he said. “Bollig’s a big, strong guy, good on the forecheck and good in the offensive zone down low. It’s been good.”
Regin mentioned that he was, perhaps, staying back too much when he first got here. But it’s understandable to take some time to adjust, right?
“Maybe,” he said. “You want to be responsible and not give up anything defensively but sometimes you can be too hesitant when you do that. Maybe that was the case; I don’t know.”
Whatever the case, Regin is more at ease now. He’s with good linemates, he’s getting decent minutes and he’s not overthinking things. It’s all led to more confidence and a more comfortable time with the Blackhawks.
“I feel the last couple of games I’ve skated more and just went out and played,” he said. “And that’s usually when good things happen.”