A change of scenery has gotten Andreas Athanasiou’s season off to a tremendous start.
Traded from the London Knights to the Barrie Colts after a difficult season, the 18-year-old center/left-winger has been all over the score-sheet, producing six goals and six assists in his first 10 games.
Even with all of his 12 points coming in the past eight games, his totals put him among the top 20 Ontario Hockey League scorers.
Athanasiou obviously needs to show he can sustain his productivity over a full season, but it’s a positive sign for a player whose stock plummeted from potential first-rounder to a Red Wings fourth-round pick (110th overall) in the 2012 NHL draft.
The 6-foot, 179-pounder had 22 goals among 39 points and a plus-22 rating in 63 games for the OHL champion Knights last season, but he fell out of favour with his coaching staff and found himself a regular healthy scratch in the playoffs and at the Memorial Cup.
Athanasiou told the London Free Press he requested a trade because “it was time.”
“He wasn’t happy with his ice,” London general manager Mark Hunter told the London Free Press after acquiring three high draft picks for Athanasiou. “He’s a talented player with a lot of potential and you’re sorry to see it go that way, but if you have someone who isn’t happy … then you look at trying to give him what he wants and move on.”
Red Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell said at the draft there was “no question” Athanasiou would play in the NHL “because of his skating.”
“It’s just a matter of what he’s going to be,” McDonnell said. “Is he going to be a checker or is he going to be a top-two line guy?”
If Athanasiou’s breakthrough season continues, he’ll take a big step toward realizing the upper end of his potential.
Following is this week’s statistical report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||1||2||2||+2||5|
|Andersson, Joakim||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||0||1||2||-1||6|
|Pare, Francis||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||0||1||0||0||2|
|Parkes, Trevor||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||0||1||0||+1||2|
|Lashoff, Brian||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||0||-1||3|
|Nyquist, Gustav||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||0||-1||3|
|Smith, Brendan||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||0||+1||4|
|Tatar, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||0||-1||6|
|Almquist, Adam||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||-1||0|
|Nicastro, Max||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||-1||0|
|Raedeke, Brent||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||4||-1||0|
|Sheahan, Riley||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||-1||0|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||6||-1||0|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||11||-1||0|
|Jurco, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||0||-1||0|
|De Haas, James||Penticton||USHL/JR-A||BCHL||13||2||4||6||6||–||–|
|Sproul, Ryan||Sault Ste. Marie||CHL||OHL||7||1||8||9||12||+5||–|
|Nedomlel, Richard||Swift Current||CHL||WHL||10||0||6||6||29||+6||–|
|Marchenko, Alexey||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||15||1||1||2||4||-2||9|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|McCollum, Thomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||1||0||0||1||0||2.77||.917|
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||1||0||1||0||0||3.07||.885|