Blackhawks Trade Perlini To Detroit, Acquire Regula

On Monday evening the Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Brendan Perlini to the Red Wings for defenseman Alec Regula.

Regula, 19, was a third-round pick (#67 overall) by Detroit in 2018. He is currently playing his third season with the London Knights in the OHL, where he was a teammate of Adam Boqvist last season. Regula is a co-captain for London.

Regula is a right-handed shot who is listed at 6-4 and 207 pounds.

Regula’s father, Chet, was Detroit’s team dentist for 29 years.

During his first season in London Regula was regularly partnered with Evan Bouchard. Last year he was more of a shutdown defenseman but also worked in front of the net on the Knights’ power play.

51 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Perlini To Detroit, Acquire Regula

  • October 28, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I thought Perlini had tons of skill I would have given him a longer look This will probably go down as another dumb trade by Stan Blowman

  • October 28, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    May 2018 – Regula is a smart, mobile, two-way defender with top-four upside at the NHL level. He was somewhat buried in his second season playing for the London Knights, behind the likes of Evan Bouchard and Adam Boqvist, yet his big (6-4, 207) frame was still utilized on the power play in front of the net. Regula has progressed nicely in his draft plus one year, improving from 25 points in 67 games to 39 points in 66 games. The London Knights and Red Wings will expect a bigger role for him going forward.

    Dobber Prospects

  • October 28, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    A legitimate asset/prospect for Perlini? I’m surprised. 11 points in 10 games for Regula

  • October 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm


    Does this mean Dach is sticking around?

  • October 28, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    @Hossahawk Perlini asked for the trade. He wanted out.

  • October 28, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Dudemitch Yes he asked for the trade because they weren’t dressing him.

  • October 28, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Who knows what went on behind the scenes w Perlini. Bowman obviously liked him, he just got here less than a year ago.

    The Hawks’ stellar coach certainly had an issue or issues w him. He took a stand w someone like Perlini. Let’s see him healthy scratch Seabrook like that constantly, then we ll see who is wearing the pants in the family.

    Lastly, another D-man? Is that all Bowman collects is D men? What was the point of acquiring the guy from Florida as well? As an irrelevant aside, Q not minding the way Florida playing so far.

  • October 28, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Why all this love for Perlini? Couldn’t wait to run Bickel out of town and he was 10 times the player. Perlini’s time here was what HE made of it, lazy underachieving and no drive. Wish him luck but glad he’s gone.

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    First off, Stan ultimately got a 3rd rounder for Perlini. Not bad.
    I figured he might put Perlini on waivers this week and watch him leave for nothing.

    Secondly, I’m wondering if Brian Campbell, didn’t tip off Bowman to Regula. Campbell spent a ton of time working with Boqvist in London last season. It’s very possible he might have told Stan and company ” hey keep an eye on this Regula kid. I really like his game. ”

    Thirdly, if you would have told me last season the trade is :
    Schmaltz for Strome and a 3rd rounder, I would have been pleased.

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Like his size and if he’s mobile as well better still

    Seems like a decent prospect – am also pleasantly surprised to get more than a low draft pick

    At least if Perlini goes on a tear it’ll be in the East and on DET

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Craig, that trade comes with one caveat. Strome had shown nothing at the NHL level when that deal was struck. A lot of people thought Perlini was the better asset at that time.

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Perlini will probably go on a tear right away. Then everyone will be upset he wasnt playing here. They’ll forget about Perlini but rail against the decision while Perlini cools off, yet the initial stats will be remembered. Just like Duclair. Put up points the first month. Then did absolutely nothing until he got traded. People also forget that Duclair was due roughly 1m. Hawks declined qualify him at that and he eventually signed for league minimum.

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Vlasic and Regula together may have the longest combined defensive wingspan in the history of the NHL. Not sure, but holy smokes.

    Clearly both Perlini and the organization soured on one another. I wonder how much goodwill was damaged during contract negotiations. I suspect it is significant and I’m disappointed Perlini didn’t play with a chip on his shoulder, like a man on fire Instead, he appeared to sulk, maybe feeling entitled. Hard to say, but his response wasn’t strong. Thus, a one-way ticket out of town.

    Normally, I hope both trade partners win, but Perlini really turned me off.

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Getting anything for Perlini is a win. He was a bum, all star glider, made no use of size, no hockey sense as evidenced by his 3 assists last year. Good riddance

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Craig–good call. I can totally seeing Campbell giving some marks on Regula.

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Perlini may have Stalberg-itis

    Great shot and skater but doesn’t see the game well enough to be an effective NHLer game in game out for very good

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    This is a win for us. A young prospect, right handed D with size, and we got that for Perlini? Perlini has shown only glimmers of what he could become, and the fact that he chose not to compete for us is totally on him. Agree with Brian.

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Too bad Perlini didn’t work out better, hope he does well with new beginning. Like what seems to be a legitimate prospect in Regula coming back. He seems to have decent speed at chl level. Craig you may be right on about Campbell reccommending him. Hopefully he works out.

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    @Wrap, agree 100%–
    Perlini totally reminds me of Stalberg:
    Flashes of brilliance, inconsisent as heck and no real vision–and seemingly just a “whatever” attitude.
    Won’t miss him; glad we got something.

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Definitely a fan of this trade..always nice to have some prospects who won’t have to play on their off-side..Boqvist, Mitchell, and Regula isn’t a bad trio at all on the right side..and if the Hawks are really lucky and they all make it to the NHL, they all have different skill sets that would allow them to each anchor a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pairing..if Beaudin and Vlasic give you anything on the left side of a 2nd or 3rd pairing, the Hawks defense could be their team strength in three-four years..

    Great point Craig..Perlini was a first in name only, Schmaltz for Strome and a third is good value..I like Regula a lot..has a lot of what the Hawks need..size to win board battles with an ability to still move the puck..

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Rusty, yea I read we woundnt get anything for Perlini so I thought it wouldnt matter if he played a couple games while we were sucking to maybe spark the team somehow. Glad I was wrong on that. This guy could play, maybe not a BoQ Mitchel Beau Vlassic quality Defensemen but could be a Gilbert kind of player. A 3rd pair guy who can play, for Perlini.


  • October 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Who ever missed Duclair?

  • October 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    It won’t look good on Stan if this guy is better than Boqvist.

    Boqvist 0-0 0
    Beaudin 0-0 0

  • October 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Saw a couple of Knight games last year and always wondered who this big guy was playing with Bouchard. He didn’t stand out like Bouchard but was really steady. (both were right shots I believe)

  • October 28, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    We got a lot of good Defensemen coming, which ever make it. The more the better with only needing 7 total.

    Have to think Haan is here now. Who else of the guys we have stay, just the DEF Defensemen.

    Nice to see better quality push out the guys who arnt as good at D. Keep 44 and get a #1 in summer. Still could be a NAS group of D in a couple yrs. Rob NAS of Josi.

  • October 28, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Noonan tbey were both right shots, Regula can score too. Think he has ways to go to before he’s ready. Likely 2 or 3 years before seeing with Blackhawks.

  • October 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Jury is still out on Boqvist and Boudin, both very young and they look to be 2-3 yrs away….so it’s good to pickup a D prospect with size that may be more NHL ready when his time comes.

  • October 28, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Boq started slow in the CHL too – I think he’ll pick it up as the season goes on and he adjusts to the pro game – he’s still got a slight frame – he just needs to figure it out and I think he will

    I’m a big believer in his talent – I think he’ll be ready to step in next year or maybe by TDL if Gus is moved

  • October 28, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Reading some on him, biggest knock at draft was he needed to cut down on his mistakes, reason he dropped to 3rd rd and didn’t go higher.

  • October 28, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    BoQ and Dach need to get experience in not getting pushed into boards so easy. If they can survive they are going to be good.

  • October 28, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Perlini get us a 3rd, Gusto should get us a first like we did for Vermette.

  • October 28, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Another defenceman when we need forwards. So out with Perlini and Saarela for 2 dmen. Yikes, slowly but surely, Sikura is climbing up the charts!!!
    Yeah, this dmen is big but can he skate or will he be another slow big man. Now, I thought Bowman had his 4 horsemen in JOKU, BOQIE, MICTHIE and BEAUDIE? Why more dmen? None will ever be as good as Keith and Seabs anyway. Stock up on forward drafted prospects.
    By the way, Perlini had a good camp, everyone said so! He was performing but then gets 8 minutes in one game to show off Nylander who had a horrible camp and Kubalik who scored a goal against an AHL roster? Of course he wanted out. 6’3″ and the fastest forward on the team. He deserved to be developed and play with 12 & 17. I remember Kane not speaking about Strome because he loved Schmaltz but about Perlini’s size and speed.

  • October 29, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Aurora, Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo would like to enter the longest length ever argument 6’9 and 6’5 respectively.

    Vlasic 6’6 Left
    Regula 6’4 Right
    Mitchell 5’11 right
    Boqvist 6’0 right
    Beaudin 5’10 left
    Krys 6’0 left

    Vlasic and Regula are known to be shut down types. Looking ahead a ways, but would you want to pair them together or pair them with someone more offensively minded. Boqvist and Beaudin are both still without a point.

  • October 29, 2019 at 2:17 am

    A bag of pucks for Perlini was a good trade so let’s see if this big “D” can grow into a role that might replace Seabrook-who, BTW, I like as a healthy scratch

  • October 29, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Rusty how many of them do you think actually play regularly on Blackhawks blueline.

  • October 29, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I am going with 4, not counting this Regula guy. Doesnt count if traded.

  • October 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I didn’t remember Carlo…yeesh.

    This feels like a good trade. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Something soured in the relationship and my guess it occurred during the contract negotiation.

    Anyway, let’s get a win.

  • October 29, 2019 at 7:59 am

    At this point in his storied career Chara is a 6’9″ pylon

  • October 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Perlini is a guy who could finally “get it” and become a very good and consistent player, but how long do you wait before you finally cut bait? The Hawks weren’t the best situation for him because they’re working in a bunch of new guys trying to find a team in there somewhere so adding another questionable player into the mix would only make that process more difficult – hence Perlini was sidelined. The fact he requested the trade pushed the Hawks to make a trade so it’s a moot point to wonder woulda-coulda-shoulda if he goes to Detroit and becomes the player he has the potential to be.

    Regula – who knows? Keeping fingers crossed.

  • October 29, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Regardless of what Perlini does, the Blackhawks did the right, if he wasn’t going to play. Hopefully he finds some success and it’s okay if he does.

  • October 29, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Very good news for Perlini and who knows where Regula can be in 2-3 years from now.
    Looks like a big Dman who can hit and go in front of the net also on Pp..
    I like the trade
    Next …Gus ?

  • October 29, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Over the summer, Gus might have been brought back a first. Now I doubt he would get more than a high third. As good as his offense can be, there is no way to hide his defense. Teams are really good at exploiting the weak link these days, and that is Gus.
    I could see a team that might want to juice its PP for a run of some kind being interested, but that’s about it and that deal would likely come later. JMHO.

  • October 29, 2019 at 10:57 am

    What we need now are specialists. We need a specialist on the PP (Mats Zuccarello – 99PPG out of 114 career goals), and a first-rate penalty killer(Alexandre Fortin – scores only SHG). Also, we need to alternate Seabrook and Keith as our healthy scratches. We just can’t afford to have the entire geriatric wing of the UC defending our goal. As soon as Boqvist is ready to takeover the PP and learns how to defend better, Gustafson will be traded for a 1st round pick and more. Not too hard Stan, just grow some cahones and make some trades. Perlini is a waste of talent who blames everyone else except himself. He was given every opportunity to excel and he was blase about the whole thing. Now, go live in Detroit – yuck!!!

  • October 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Just a morning skate in Nashville, no lines drills, Lehner starting. No word on lineup, assuming forwards and lines be the same, interesting to see if 7 back in, could’ve been because of back to back and a busy stretch rest day or not.

  • October 29, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Saying no lineup changes

  • October 29, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Disappointed that the Hawks could not get something more serviceable from Perlini in the same way I was disappointed that the Hawks could not get Duclair or Stalberg to be successful. I loved Perlini’s physical tools, it is exactly what the Hawks are missing, speed and size. That said, if the Hawks were not going to use him and not send him to the AHL he needed to go. Glad they got something for him, but my expectations for this prospect is low. The Hawks don’t need another defensive prospect that has a projected ceiling of bottom pair…

  • October 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Could trade this prospect in a multi move or something later, do not have to keep this guy. I know nothing about him. I like Vlassic and Mitchell a lot.

    Gusto might not get first straight up for the player but at deadline we got a first for Hartman so thats why was thinking that. During summer yea.

    Beau isint ready yet, so still not on Hartman first.

  • October 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Good luck Brendan.
    You are headed to a much better team.
    They actually have a GM.

  • October 29, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Hull must be Perlini’s agent. It takes a lot more than speed to be a good player. Perlini just floats around and waits for a pass. Doesn’t get his hands dirty and cannot defend. Score one for Bowman on a very good trade.

  • October 31, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Coach needs to designate ONE PERSON from each line (who is capable) to Stand IN FRONT of opponents net to screen and get rebounds—— since players can’t seem to make that decision on their own. Then We’ll see who wuss’s are and get to hear excuses…Obviously the stronger player on each line… Hawks are not scoring by shooting at Goalies who “SEE” every puck…. wonder why? LMAO

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