At 6â€™5â€ and more than 200 pounds, Rogers has NHL size and reach. Combining those two factors with his effortless skating ability, and itâ€™s nearly a given that a healthy Andy Rogers can log significant minutes in the â€œnewâ€ NHL. A physical player, Rogers has good character, is coachable, and possesses the work ethic desired by the Lightning. The organization is also pleased with his passing ability out of the defensive zone.
While Rogersâ€™ defensive game earned him an NHL contract, his offensive game could keep him from becoming a top-pair defenseman. Aside from the 2005 Traverse City prospect tournament, Rogers has shown very little offense in his game. He could also use a few off-seasons in the weight room and more of a mean-streak. As most young players do, Rogers tends to lose focus during games resulting in mental errors, but that should be corrected as he matures as a person and a player.
Rogers is quickly getting the â€œinjury-proneâ€ label because of ankle issues, however he had surgery on the ankle in January and is not expected to have any reoccurring issues.
As was mentioned, Rogersâ€™ size and skating ability will take him far, but probably not to the first pair. He projects as a third or fourth defenseman who could play 20-plus minutes a night, but will only see significant power play time if his offensive game develops. If a focused Rogers proves to be a consistent physical presence on the blueline, he could draw shut-down assignments as his career progresses, because he certainly has the size and skating ability for the role.