The What Would You Do series was originally devised by Tambland to defend against Jason Spezza trade rumours. It has now grown to include coaches and NHL cities. Other parts of the series can be found here.
Yes! Training Camp is starting on Saturday, which only means one thing. Hockey is back! How long has this summer been? I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to Dany Heatley for at least giving us something to talk about. Also, I would like to extend my coldest shoulder to Dany Heatley for making me talk about that all summer.
The return of hockey also means another thing: the return of the hugely popular “What Would You Do” series.
For today’s comparison, two rookies expected to fight for a spot on the Ottawa Senators.
Zach Smith vs. Peter Regin
Peter Regin: 23 years old
Zach Smith: 21 years old
Alright, not really sure what to do here when it comes to age of rookies. On the one hand, Regin has a couple more years of maturity on and off the ice. But he’s that much closer to being in his late 20s. Smith, while still young, has really only been playing professional hockey for a season and a half. I’m going to call this one a draw, and hope it works itself out later.
Peter Regin Astrology Sign: Aries
Zach Smith Astrology Sign: Aries
Damn! Another draw. However, through my extensive research, either player does bode well for the Senators. Apparently, “…Aries people are ‘doers’ rather than ‘talkers’. They are the impulsive, act first, ask questions or have doubts later, sign of the zodiac.” Take that Brian Burke: We got Truculent and Belligerent all wrapped up! Hit and ask questions later!
Peter Regin Draft Selection: 3rd Round, 87th Overall, 2004 Draft
Zach Smith Draft Selection: 3rd Round, 79th Overall, 2008 Draft
Again, marginal differences between the two. I will say this though. Regin was a Muckler draft pick, while Smith was a Murray pick. Plus Smith is close to cracking the line-up almost 4 years earlier than Smith. I guess I’ll give this to Smith, because he probably fits more of a Murray style role on the Senators line-up.
Peter Regin: 6’0, 180 lbs
Zach Smith: 6’2, 202 lbs
Alright. Here we go. Smith is the bigger player here. And at 21, you have to think he can still put on a few pounds. 6’2 isn’t huge in this NHL, but it isn’t small either. The scouting record seems to be that Smith is a hard-nosed player, so that height and weight should bode well for him. This one goes to Smith.
Peter Regin Binghamton Totals: 56 GP, 18 G, 29 A, 47 PTS
Zach Smith Binghamton Totals: 79 GP, 24 G, 24 G, 48 PTS
So Regin is going to take this one. He’s much closer to a point a game player, and he appears to be able to dish the puck as well as put it in the net. This one goes to Regin.
Peter Regin Playoff Totals (Swedish Elite League): 18 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 PTS
Zach Smith Playoff Totals (Western Hockey League): 21 GP, 5 G, 7 A, 12 PTS
I’m going to go out on a limb here and compare the SEL and the WHL as similar leagues. Now keep in mind it is a far limb. But I’m also going to go out on a limb and give this one to Regin. It’s only numbers folks, but you can’t lie with stats.
There are a number of intangibles with both players here as well. Regin has a bit more NHL experience, and has even put some points on the board. But Smith has made big leaps and bounds since he joined the Senators organization. The fact that we’re acknowledging that Smith could make the team speaks volumes for his progression. Regin has a lot of international experience to his credit, but he is Danish. Smith would have had a much deeper system to battle through.
I’m going to go with Regin over Smith this season, with the expectation that Smith makes quite a few call-up runs to Ottawa. But Regin’s age and stats are hard to argue, and after seeing this kid play, I think he’s going to be a great asset this season.
Stay classy, Ottawa Senators rookies.