OHL Prospect Profile: Robert Andreakos
– Robert Andreakos –
Mississauga Reps (GTHL) | Goaltender | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
North York, Ontario | 6-foot-2, 170-pounds | 2003-Born
Although the Mississauga Reps aren’t the strongest team competing in the Greater Toronto Hockey League this season, they are fortunate to be backed by one of its strongest goaltenders.
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Robert Andreakos, a towering goaltender and native of North York, is a stabilizing presence in goal for the Reps. Despite being peppered with shots on a nightly basis, Andreakos’ size and raw athleticism make him a brick wall in Mississauga’s crease. And, while his game certainly boasts room for improvement, it goes without saying that Andreakos’ play is bursting with promising potential.
Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 170-pounds, Andreakos is an intimidating presence in between the pipes considering his age. As one of the GTHL’s largest goaltenders, Andreakos can easily limit opportunities for opposing shooters and can cut down shooting angles with relative ease.
However, perhaps the most impressive facet of Andreakos’ game is his ability to seamlessly combine his size and athleticism. Unlike most goaltenders of a similar size, Andreakos is flexible and agile within his crease and can battle to maintain vision of opposing shooters through thick traffic in front of his goal.
What’s more is the fact that Andreakos boasts lightning-quick reflexes and the ability to make highlight-reel, desperation saves. Sure to face a great deal of shots throughout the 2018-19 GTHL season, Andreakos will undoubtedly continue to polish and improve these particular facets of his game against high-powered competition.
Area of Improvement:
- Lateral Mobility
One area of Andreakos’ game which must improve over the course of the current season and ahead of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, however, is his lateral mobility.
Although he moves well for a goaltender of his size and is fairly athletic, Andreakos would do well to improve the power behind his mobility. If able to move post to post in a more explosive manner, Andreakos would be able to position himself better when facing odd mans rushes or played devised by his opposition while on the man advantage.
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Once improved, Andreakos will seemingly be able to move, anchor himself, and prepare to face shots from opposing shooters with greater poise and confidence. Outside of this one area in need of improvement, Andreakos’ all-around game is relatively sound and stable given his young age.
Given his strong all-around play and stability within the crease, Andreakos stands as one of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection’s more promising goaltenders. Strong, athletic, and of great size, Andreakos affords his opposition with very few opportunities to bulge the twine and is remarkably consistent in his ability to do so.
Sure, like most goaltenders, there is room for improvement within Andreakos’ game. However, this likely won’t deter the interest of OHL organizations next April, when Andreakos will be made a mid-round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.