2008-09: Brent Andrews skated for the Cornwall Thunder Midget AAA in the New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island league. He scored 12 goals with 20 assists and had 18 PMs in 30 games. Andrews originally committed to playing for the University of Maine for the 2011-12 season. He was selected by the Halifax Mooseheads in the first round (15th overall) of the 2009 QMJHL entry draft and decided to play major junior instead of college hockey.
2009-10: Selected in the first round (15th overall) by Halifax in the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft, Andrews skated in 64 games for the Mooseheads and represented Canada Atlantic in the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 7 goals with 19 assists and was minus-14 with 33 penalty minutes. Halifax finished with the league’s worst record winning just 13 of 68 games. Competing for Canada Atlantic in the WHC for the second straight season, he scored 3 goals with 2 assists in five games.
2010-11: Andrews saw significant ice-time for Halifax in his second season with the Mooseheads and represented Canada at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 12 goals with 17 assists in 68 games for Halifax and was minus-22 with 33 penalty minutes. Halifax qualified for the QMJHL playoffs despite winning just 20 games and finishing fifth in the Maritimes Division. Andrews was minus-11 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in four playoff games against the West Division champion Montreal Juniors. He had 1 assist and was minus-three with 14 penalty minutes in seven games for fourth-place Canada at the U18 WJC. Ranked 129th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft, he was selected by Nashville in the seventh round (202nd overall).
2011-12: Andrews built on his reputation as a solid, two-way forward in his third junior season with Halifax. He skated in 61 of 68 games for the Mooseheads, scoring 13 goals with 17 assists and was plus-seven with 34 penalty minutes. Halifax was one of the big turnaround stories in junior hockey – finishing second in the Maritimes with their first winning record in four seasons and advancing to the playoff semifinals. Andrews skated in all 17 playoff games and scored 2 goals with 2 assists; finishing minus-11 with 8 penalty minutes.
Andrews makes his living doing the dirty work. A dogged defender and quality faceoff man, he gets by on his smarts and hard work. There’s not much in the way of offense now, and likely none in the future either.
Andrews was not signed to an entry-level contract by the Predators in June 2013, returning to Halifax for an overage season in 2013-14 before heading to the University of Prince Edward Island. He is expected to skate on the top line for the Panthers in 2016-17.