One of the accolades Rogers has received in 2003-04 was an invitation to attend the 2004 Top Prospects Game. In the event’s skills competition, recorded the hardest shot, registering a blistering slapshot clocked at 96.8 mph.
The 6’5 rearguard was one of few who were invited to the 2003 Canadian National Under-18 Development and Selection Camp where he was selected to skate on Canada’s roster for the U18 Junior World Cup, held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This event wasn’t Rogers’ only taste of international experience, as he was a member of the silver medal winning Canadian National Under-18 Team in 2004.
2008-09: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the deal that sent Richard Petiot to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Read Hockey’s Future’s November 2005 interview with Rogers here.
Finding the combined size and skating ability that Andy Rogers possesses is rare, especially in defensemen. Unlike teammate Jeff Schultz, however, Rogers possesses very limited offensive potential, something the Calgary native knows he’ll need to improve in order to take his game to the next level.
"I’ve never been considered a super-offensive player," remarked Rogers in a February 2004 interview with Hockey’s Future. "So things like that can definitely be worked on."
The offensive side of the puck is definitely Rogers weakness, although signs of improvement began to show near the end of the season, which resulted in Andy seeing more time on the power play unit.
One should never confuse Rogers with a powerplay specialist, though. Rogers puck handling skills are average at best, and his ability to find his teammates in the offensive end is almost non-existent, highlighted by his three assists in 64 games played for the Hitmen.
Rogers’ forte is his play in the defensive end. A very physical defender, Rogers is able to intimidate a lot of opposing forwards with punishing checks, both against the boards and in open ice. Very regularly does Rogers stand up opposing forwards and the blueline, and in the rare occasion he is caught out of position or beat, Rogers has enough speed to make up for his mental lapse, which in itself is rare in the defensive end.
"(My biggest asset is) my physical size. I mean, I use that and my skating," explained Rogers. "I think I move pretty well for a big guy, so I try to use those to my advantage."
Many scouts will agree with Rogers. His combination of defensive play, physical presence, and sheer skating ability make him an intriguing prospect to say the least. Many teams may look over his offensive shortcomings, simply because of his smooth stride and physical stature.
Finding the combined size and skating ability that Rogers possesses is rare, especially in a defensemen. But because of his limited offensive upside, may find himself further down a club's depth chart.