Danny O’Regan deserves another deal with the New York Rangers
Danny O’Regan is a 26 year-old group 6 unrestricted free agent forward at the official conclusion of this hockey season. Having played under David Quinn while at Boston University from 2012-2016, O’Regan seemed like a good addition to the organization. Last July, Chris Drury brought him in after showing some promise in both the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres organizations.
This past shortened season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, O’Regan was a solid contributor thanks to his good vision and solid passing game. That’s translated in a decent season of 27 assists and 38 points in 62 games. As the Pack had some decent success this season, the question now for them is should they bring him back next season.
Danny O’Regan’s Resume
Fitting in the mold of Hartford wanting players with experience, O’Regan has four seasons under his belt in the American Hockey League along with some time in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks gave O’Regan a couple games in his rookie year followed by 19 games in the following season before being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres placed him in Rochester which he continued to provide some offensive bunch which earned him a few call ups until the Rangers took a chance on him this past summer.
For the Rangers organization, he provided their prospects in Hartford with that veteran experience, and a great attitude on and off ice. Aside from Vinni Lettieri, O’Regan and Steven Fogarty were the next two reliable players for offense on a continual basis. The signing was a success, plain and simple.
Danny O’Regan Strengths
O’Regan has speed and play making in his game. The forward also has a quick release of a shot and can shoot well when the time is right. All this adds some to scoring streaks and multiple point nights, to which he had 8 this year. Combined with a strong and being responsible in all three zones, he makes sense to re-sign.
The Rangers should re-sign Danny O’Regan
Danny has poised himself to be a high end AHL player with the potential of helping the Rangers in a spot call-up. He can utilize his speed and give the Rangers help in a bottom six role. It is very likely that Danny O’Regan could be given an invite to camp to try and make the expanded roster for these playoffs.
For what he has done in Hartford, I can see him staying around for another season to help the Wolf Pack win and help the Rangers of tomorrow develop. As long the Rangers have the right pieces in the organization, O’Regan should further excel his game and boost Hartford for a playoff run next season. Another one year deal seems the obvious choice for both sides.