The Kings went into the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft with two picks, one of which they acquired from the Nashville Predators that same day. With their first pick of the third round, coming 80th overall, the Kings selected the Pickering, Ontario native, Andy Andreoff who played for the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals.
At 20 years old, the 6′ 1″ center, is a big body in the face-off circle, and has found his rhythm in his recent years in the OHL where his points output has steadily increased since he left the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League during the ’07-’08 season. Over the past three seasons his final point totals have nearly doubled every season, starting at 25 in ’08-’09, jumping to 48 during ’09-’10, and finishing with 75 last season.
Coming out of his fourth season with the Generals he amassed 224 games played, netting 59 goals, and adding 90 helpers to total 149 points. Along with his point totals, Adreoff has a physical aspect that comes with his game spending 224 minutes in the penalty box over the course of his four years with Oshawa. A good chunk of those PIMs, 100 to be exact, resulted from Andreoff dropping the gloves 20 times over the past four seasons.
Given his age he will more than likely play for the Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, next season and will take a while for him to see any time with the Kings, especially with the Kings gaining depth in the center position with the acqusition of Mike Richards just over a week ago.
The Kings may have picked up a hidden star with this pick, coming into the draft Andreoff was not ranked in Central Scouting’s projected draft class, and in last season’s OHL’s Coaches Poll he was voted the leagues most underatted player. If he continues his under the radar, stellar play, Andreoff may sneak up on the NHL and surprise everyone.