An undersized offensive defenseman. A great skater with high-end hockey sense and great puck skills. A very smart and creative player. Surprisingly good defensively which bodes well for his future in the NHL. Projects to become a middle-pair defenseman at the NHL level.
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January 2020 – Andrae started the season at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he played very well and scored four points in five games. Since then, he has spent most of the season in J20 SuperElit where his nine goals and 29 points in 32 games lead the league in both goals and points among defensemen. Andrae has also played five games at the men’s level in the SHL, and even though he has averaged just five minutes of ice time per game, it is a positive sign that he has earned those call-ups.
Andrae is an undersized offensive defenseman with a left-handed shot. His biggest strengths are his skating ability and hockey sense. His edge work is excellent and it allows him to be very elusive. He is a great passer who can start breakouts with short and long passes, and he is also very strong in the offensive zone. Even though he doesn’t own a heavy shot, he’s good at getting shots to the net and sneaking in close enough to score with his good wrist shot. He is a very creative player who can execute plays that most players can’t even think of. Although an offense-minded player, he is also surprisingly good defensively, especially with his active stick. There are a lot of similarities between Andrae and Erik Brännström who plays a similar style, and they both played on HV71 system for the final two years before their draft. Andrae is not quite as good a prospect as Brännström was but he’s not that far from it either.
Andrae is expected to be the number one defenseman for Team Sweden at the U18 Worlds. If he has a strong performance there, he could solidify his spot in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. There is no clear favorite for the second defenseman to go off the board at the draft but Andrae is definitely one of the top options. Jokke Nevalainen