- Red Wings Acquire Center Danny O’Regan From Ducks
The Detroit Red Wings today acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Florida Panthers in exchange for right wing Givani Smith and subsequently traded Del Zotto to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for center Danny O’Regan.
O’Regan, 28, has spent the entire 2022-23 season with the American Hockey League’s San Diego Gulls, where he recorded 18 points (3-15-18) and eight penalty minutes in 27 games. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound center split the 2021-22 campaign between Anaheim and San Diego, tallying one assist in five appearances with the Ducks in addition to 34 points (13-21-34) and 20 penalty minutes in 53 contests with the Gulls. Originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, O’Regan has totaled six points (1-5-6) in 30 games over parts of six NHL seasons with the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres and Ducks since 2016-17. He has also compiled 273 points (99-174-273) and 124 penalty minutes in 361 AHL games with the San Jose Barracuda, Rochester Americans, Hartford Wolf Pack, Henderson Silver Knights and Gulls. In his first professional season in 2016-17, O’Regan led all AHL rookies with 58 points (23-35-58) in 63 games and represented the Barracuda at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. In recognition of his efforts, O’Regan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and was the recipient of the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie.
Prior to turning professional, O’Regan played four seasons at Boston University, totaling 154 points (66-88-154), 72 penalty minutes and a plus-28 rating in 154 games from 2012-16. He was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and NCAA East Second All-American Team selection after leading the Terriers in goals (17), assists (27) and points (44) in 39 contests during his senior year. O’Regan was also a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team selection as a junior after helping the Terriers win the Hockey East championship before clinching a berth in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four title game. He was also selected to the 2011-12 Hockey East All-Rookie Team after becoming the first freshman in program history to lead the team in points since Tony Amonte in 1989-90. Before his collegiate career, O’Regan skated with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2011-12. A native of Berlin, Germany, O’Regan has represented the United States on the international stage, netting one goal in four appearances at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. O’Regan earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching four points (1-3-4) in six games. He also played at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, recording five points (2-3-5) in four games.