Dylan Andrews has all the tools it takes to be an effective player at the next level.
Size, skill and speed.
Andrews has elite level speed actually, and quite frankly, you can’t teach that. The highly skilled and gritty forward from the Cole Harbour Wolfpack has had a very impressive draft year so far.
“It’s been fairly nerve wracking knowing there are eyes on you most of the time you step on the ice. So far, it’s been a good challenge”, confessed Andrews. “I’ve really worked on my speed and shot going into this year.”
His hard work has certainly paid off. Andrews is a heady player who has a knack for finding the open man. He can play in traffic, where his puck skills and accurate shot really shine through. Once you see this young man play, you will definitely understand his style of game which he modelled after a three-time Stanley Cup Champion.
“Growing up I always looked up to Jonathan Toews because he’s always showed what it is to be a good team player and he can be thrown out on the ice in any situation,” explained Andrews.
You see, Dylan Andrews isn’t purely a one-dimensional player like so many other young draft eligible players trying to cut their teeth in Midget hockey. Andrews understands the importance of being a two-way player at the next level.
“If I’m fortunate enough to make the next level, I would think of myself as a player that can play in any position in a lineup, whether it’s a top six role or a bottom six one.”
Spoken like a true team player. But Andrews, like all young players, still has areas of his game that he’s working on.
“As Dylan matures, I believe he can fit into any top-9 role at the next level,” said his Wolfpack Head Coach, Paul Hunt.
Finding consistency is critical for any young player and Andrews is taking strides to become stronger, while becoming that full 200-foot accountable player.
“He definitely makes players around him better”, Hunt said. “At the end of the day, we work on being responsible defensively and we have talked about him becoming a full 200-foot player. But I think one of the keys is Dylan’s versatility.”
Versatility, compete level and consistency clearly need to be in place for any young aspiring player looking to make the jump to the QMJHL. In Andrews’ case, he’s very close.
What would it mean for the gifted two-way player to hear his name called at the next QMJHL Entry Draft in Sherbrooke?
“To be drafted to the QMJHL would be a really great honour and opportunity to make my aspirations come true and pursue playing high level hockey,” confessed Andrews.
He has the ability to get to the inside of the ice and to the dirty areas to either score or make plays, which makes him a very dangerous and sometimes lethal offensive threat.
There’s no question, Dylan Andrews is a player to watch coming out of the Maritimes this year.