Ian Clark's On Hockey: Andreoff brings veteran presence to Monarchs
From enforcer to penalty killer to power play component to skating alongside the playmakers, the 22-year-old left wing has done it all for the Monarchs.
Andreoff played five seasons of junior hockey with Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League, maxing out in 2011 when he scored 33 goals and 42 assists while still managing to rack up 109 penalty minutes.
“The big thing with Andy is that we’re trying to get more urgency out of his game,” Morris said. “We still want to bring more urgency to his overall game and have him work on his quickness and quicker puck movement. All those qualities are there and now it’s a matter of putting it all together.”
“Mark has been on me a bit about that, just being ready no matter what happens,” Andreoff said. “On the penalty kill you’ve got to be ready and in your spot and I need to be quicker with my first couple steps, that extra little jump for me to make the next step to the NHL. I’ve just got to keep working at it and I get more confidence every game. I’ve been getting comfortable here.”
“We’ve got a really young team so someone has to step up,” Andreoff said. “I’ve been here for two years and there are other guys that have been here a few years. Someone has to step up and I’ve been doing a good job with it.”
BIG SPLASH FOR BARTOSAK: Rookie goalie Patrik Bartosak has made a good impression in a short time with the Monarchs.
He played some mop-up duty against Portland nine days ago that earned him a start this past weekend against the Pirates. He played well in a comeback win and got the nod to play again on Sunday, beating Worcester.
“I’m sure the locker room feels good knowing they’ve got another goalie that can stand in there and get the job done for us,” Morris said. “His stance is very similar to (Kings starter) Jonathan Quick. He looks like he’s ready to spring. The puck doesn’t seem to bounce off him. He seems to absorb pucks pretty well and I think as we work with him on his puck skills it will really add to his whole package.”
PIRATES ON THE PLATE: The Monarchs (45-19-8 for 98 points) play in Lewiston, Maine, tonight at 7 p.m. against the Portland Pirates. The game was originally the regular season finale (April 20) but was moved.