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CATCHING UP WITH ANDREW ROWE
PHANTOMS PROSPECT ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS

 

 

 

August 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know what your favorite Phantoms players and prospects are up to this off-season? We recently talked to Phantoms prospect Andrew Rowe and asked him a few questions.

What are your thoughts on your deal with the Flyers/Phantoms for the upcoming season?
I’m just excited to move on to the next level. Coming from college, it’ll be tough stuff, but I’m pretty confident in stepping in. Hopefully I’ll make a good impact with the team wherever I am, just kind of step in and help the team out wherever I can.

How have you prepared this summer for your first season as a pro?
I’ve been in Philly/NJ training with Jimmy McCrossin at Skate Zone, and we’ve been running the track and working out every morning. I’ve been here for about a month, came here a week, week and a half after rookie cam and have been training in the offseason?

What type of training do you do in the off season?
A lot of agility and quickness. And obviously in the weight room, do our fair share in there. We‘ve been doing a lot of sprinting, sled pull, slot of feet work stuff and legs.

Do you have any personal goals for this season, and if so what are they?
Not really. I don’t know where I fit in just yet, and I don’t know many of the guys just yet. The main objective is just to establish myself and figure out what kind of player I am. I’ve heard it’s a lot different than college, so I just want to get my feet wet and go from there, get comfortable with the guys and the coach and the system.

What did you think of your first Prospect Camp with the Flyers?
It was my first one, and it was well organized, it was a really good camp. Got to mee t a lot of the players and rookies and upcoming players. The staff are great guys in the Flyers organization. The camp was really tough. It was about eight or nine days of really hard work, long days. They work you pretty hard to see what you’re made of.

What part of the Flyers Prospect Camp's Annual Trial on the Isle did you do, and who was on your team?
Kayaked – Rinaldo and someone else

What position did you play in the Prospect Camp softball game?
Shortstop

How will you have to adjust your game from the college game to the pros?
I used my speed to my advantage in college, and I think it’ll be a good asset in the pros. I kind of have to see what it’s all about though. I’ve watched pro games, but I’ve never played in one. Obviously I’ll have to get better all around.

How would you summarize your collegiate career with Michigan State University?
Freshman year I came in not really expecting to play much because we had a really good team. I’d played about 15 or 16 games, had about 7 or 8 points… fourth line grinder. Second year, I had kind of an outbreak year and had a chance to step up because the team had a lot of injuries. I got a little better as an all-around player. This past junior year was the year I kind of took a leadership role. I had no idea how it all happened but I got recruited by Philadelphia and it’s always been a dream of mine, so I couldn’t ask for a better situation.

What other AHL teams do you most look forward to playing against this season?
I don’t have many really close friends playing… I grew up with Justin Abdelkader in Detroit, but we don’t see them much in the AHL. So not really, I don’t have a rival team just yet.

Stay tuned as we check in with more players that are expected to wear a Phantoms or Flyers uniform in the upcoming season. If you have questions for a Phantoms player that you'd like answered, please send them to the Phantoms via Facebook or Twitter.

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