Daniel O’Regan

by Zachary DeVine on January 13, 2017

Daniel courtesy of the sharks

 

Daniel ORegan, C/LW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 176

Born: 1994-01-30

Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts

Drafted: 2012 by the San Jose Sharks138 overall

 

Observations:

January 2017 – The leading scorer for the Barracuda, O'Regan has gone from the NCAA to AHL All-Star in 10 months. The former Boston Terriers' center leads San Jose with 33 points in 29 games and has been held off the scoresheet in only seven of 33 games so far this year. O'Regan's style of play is a hybrid center where he can be deployed in any situation. Coach Roy Sommer has double-shifted O'Regan when going with 11 forwards. O'Regan has been a mainstay on the top power-play unit and on the penalty kill. His play already adjusted to the professional ranks and even with talented scoring wingers like Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc moving up to the Sharks, the offensive ability of O'Regan has not slowed. The skilled center is a callup threat for the Sharks and likely will get some time with the parent club later this season. Zachary DeVine

 

Danny O'Regan's impact on the professional game has been immediate. The Boston University product is centering the San Jose Barracuda's top line and leading the team in points with seven goals and 20 assists and also leads the AHL in rookie scoring as well. His vision and offensive creativity are excellent, and he is utilizing his above-average skating more as he further acclimates to the AHL. He has the trust of coach Roy Sommer and sees time on both the penalty kill and power play in addition to his top line duties. Watching the smaller center reminds one of a young Joe Pavelski but already with better feet. O'Regan is a call-up threat for the Sharks. The Barracuda coaching staff has mentioned there are a handful of players that could be in the NHL right now, and he certainly fits that bill.  Zach DeVine

 

 

After four years at Boston University, O’Regan is one of the dozen rookies that San Jose now has on its top farm club all learning the professional game together. The versatility of a smart, skilled and well-skating center has a place at every level of hockey, and his deployment has reflected this. O’Regan currently leads the Barracuda in points with seven goals and nine assists in 14 games. O’Regan is a prospect with many tools, but the best of them is his on-ice vision. The play seems to follow him, and his reads put in the position to make plays in all three zones. In a recent one-game call-up with the San Jose Sharks, O’Regan centered the Sharks fourth line, and his first NHL shift came on the penalty kill. He is getting top minutes with the Barracuda and is a player to monitor. Zach DeVine

February 2016 – One year after scoring the double-overtime winner in the Beanpot final, the Boston University senior was forced to see things from the other side earlier in the week, when BU lost the Beanpot finale to rival Boston College 1-0 in overtime. O'Regan has performed well this year, scoring 32 points in 28 games and has continued to show a strong work ethic and nose for slipping into quiet areas in the offensive zone. He'll need to prove he can produce at the pro level in order to secure his future, as his size may hinder him from succeeding in anything other than a top-six role. Cam Robinson

 

July 2015 - 21-year-old Danny O’Regan has shown a lot of promise for the San Jose organization. Impressive for a fifth round pick, O’Regan led Boston University in scoring as a freshman with 38 points in 39 games during his post-draft season and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. It was the first time a freshman led the Terriers in scoring since Tony Amonte in 1989-90. After a regression in 2013-14, O’Regan won the lottery when he slotted in next to über-prospect Jack Eichel (Buffalo) for his junior campaign. O’Regan had a fantastic season, scoring 23 goals and totalling 50 points in 41 games. He scored the overtime winning goal in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final against Yale, and was named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star. O’Regan will go back to BU for his senior season with the intent to prove he can produce at an elite pace without the help of Eichel. O’Regan’s final year at BU will tell a lot. If he can produce at a high level, he will likely earn a contract from SJ. Cam Robinson

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

O’Regan has shown versatility, skills, and a work ethic that will take him far. Getting top-line minutes in the AHL and producing as he has will only further his development.
 

Footage:

 

Double overtime winner versus Harvard - 2015 Bean Pot

 

 

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