The Chicago Blackhawks traded a fourth-round pick to the New york Islanders on Thursday for Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The trade gives the Hawks more depth at the Center position, while the pick given up is only a mid-round pick. This is a low risk/high reward trade, as Regin and Bouchard are both veterans with a lot of NHL-experience.
Regin is a larger player, yet someone who doesn’t use his size to his advantage enough. At 6’2″, Coach Joel Quenneville may be able to get Regin to stand in front of the net and create screens for opposing Goalies. Regin also has a tendency to not shoot enough, even in positions where a shot would be the best option. Regin began his career with the Ottawa Senators, where he played until last season. This past off-season, Regin signed a one-year deal with the Islanders.
Regin wins 43% of his face-offs, and has 62 points in 222 career games. This season, Regin has two goals and five assists in 44 games. Regin is one of only eight Danes in the NHL.
Bouchard is a much better scorer than Regin, tallying 356 points in 593 career games, but leaves a lot to be desired in both size and defensive ability. Bouchard being the player sent to the Rockford IceHogs was quite surprising, but Regin fits into Quenneville’s system better. The team definitely needs size and defensive help.
Bouchard can be considered fragile, and has a concussion history. He missed almost an entire calendar year due to Post-Concussion Syndrome. As he returned, he contracted another concussion, and since then hasn’t played in more than 43 games in any season. Bouchard’s most memorable moment may be the highlight-reel, spin-o-rama goal he scored on Blackhawk’s Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin in Dec. 2006. Bouchard replicated the goal on Khabibulin, then on the Edmonton Oilers, in Feb. 2011.
The players won’t make any immediate impact, but the veteran-leadership and depth will give a boost to the already-solid third and fourth lines. Michal Handzus did a wonderful job stepping in after a mid-season trade last season, and if either of these players can contribute near what Handzus did, the trade will be a success.