Andong Song

Hometown:

Beijing China

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1997-01-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th round (172nd overall), 2015

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Andong Song played for the Oakville Raiders bantam team in Oakville, Ontario.”Misha”, as he is known,  skated in the Raiders organization since 2007, when he and his family first moved to Canada from China. 

2012-13: Song left Ontario to attend Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and skated for the Big Red as a sophomore. In 24 games he scored 3 goals with 5 assists. 

2013-14: Song played 17 games for Lawrenceville in his junior season and skated for the China U18 team at the 2014  Division 2B World Junior Championship in Estonia. He had 7 assists during the prep school season. Song was -4 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in five games for China at the WJC 2B tournament. China finished fifth at the tournament, defeating Iceland to avoid relegation. 

2014-15: Song was an assistant captain for Lawrenceville in his third season with the Big Red and played in his second World Juniors tournament with the China U18 team. In 26 games for Lawrenceville he scored 3 goals with 7 assists as the Big Red program enjoyed a resurgence. After a rough start in its annual Christmas Tournament, which features top prep programs from the northeast United States and Canada, Lawrenceville defeated Upper Canada College, 4-2, and took powerful Canterbury to overtime before falling, 2-1. Song was a team captain for China and had 3 assists, finishing -1 with 16 penalty minutes in five games at the 2015 Division 2B World Junior Championship. China finished fifth at the tournament in Serbia, defeating Australia to avoid relegation. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Song was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round (172nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Song has the size and athleticism to be a solid defenseman one day but is still a long-range project at this stage in his development. The first Chinese player ever drafted by an NHL team, he played youth hockey in Canada before playing prep school hockey.

Future

Song is playing for Philips Andover in Massachusetts as a post-graduate in 2015-16. In 26 games for the Big Blue he has scored 1 goal with 8 assists. Song has yet to commit to a college or junior program for the 2016-17 season. His selection in the 2016 NHL Draft was a noteworthy story but his professional potential appears limited.

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