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ANDREAS ATHANASIOU
Andreas Athanasiou
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’2” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: August 6, 1994
Hometown: London, Ontario
Acquired: Detroit’s third choice (110th overall) in the 2012 draft
CSS Ranking: 40th American skater (2012)
Contract: 2017 via CapGeek
RWC Says: Top-Six Forward

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2010-11 World Under-17 Challenge All-Star
  • 2010-11 OHL Second All-Rookie Team
  • 2011-12 CHL Top Prospects Game selection

HISTORY
2010-11
  • Enjoyed solid OHL rookie season with London (57-11-11-22).
  • Named an all-star while winning gold with Ontario at world under-17 challenge (5-2-3-5).
2011-12
  • Returned to London for second OHL season.
  • Finished eighth in team scoring (63-22-15-37, plus-22).
  • Healthy scratch in the playoffs and didn’t produce much in London’s run to OHL title (11-1-4-5).
  • Scored a goal and an assist in three games and a healthy scratch for another at the Memorial Cup.
  • Appeared in CHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C., on Feb. 1.
  • Ranked among TSN.ca’s top 17 prospects in pre-season but slipped as year progressed.
  • Pre-draft rankings varied (NR TSN, 37 ISS, 32 THN, 40 CSS).
  • Slipped to Red Wings in fourth round (110th overall) in 2012 NHL draft.
2012-13
  • Unhappy with his ice time, requested trade from London in off-season.
  • Eventually dealt to Barrie for three high draft picks in August 2012.
  • Averaged point per game to finish fourth in scoring for Barrie (66-29-38-67, plus-13).
  • Enjoyed tremendous playoff run, tying for fifth in OHL scoring (22-12-13-25, plus-6).
  • Especially good in final round (7-6-3-9) but Barrie lost in seven games to London.
2013-14
  • Performed exceptionally well at Red Wings training camp in September.
  • Only junior-aged prospect other than Anthony Mantha to play in NHL pre-season game (10:01 TOI).
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings after camp ended.
  • Returned to Barrie for his fourth full OHL campaign.
  • Struggled through early November (15-6-9-15) with just eight goals in first 21 games.
  • Exploded from that point on, with 41 goals in final 45 games (45-41-30-71).
  • Finished T5 in OHL scoring race (66-49-46-95) and T2 in goal-scoring.
  • Also was a plus-25 with 11 PPG, 4 SHG and three shootout goals on six attempts.
  • Strangely ignored for CHL Canada-Russia Super Series and Canadian world junior team.
  • Named OHL Eastern Conference’s fastest skater and most dangerous in goal area in coaches poll.
  • Struggled in playoffs as Barrie exited in second round (11-3-9-12, second on team).
  • Joined Grand Rapids late in AHL regular season.
  • Impressed in two regular season games (2-1-2-3, even, four shots).
  • Bounced in and out of Griffins’ playoff lineup (6-0-1-1, plus-2, nine shots).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s skilled and he’s an incredible skater, but for a kid with that many tools, not enough gets done.” — Anonymous NHL scout (The Hockey News, May 2012) … “He’s going to be able to play just because of his skating ability and his speed. Then it’s just a matter of what he’s going to be. Is he going to be a checker or is he going to be a top-two line guy? That’s what’s going to sort itself out the next five, six years. But in my mind, there’s no question he’s going to play because of his skating.” — Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell (June 2012) … “I haven’t seen a better skater this season, yet, in the OHL. In the Traverse City tournament, it was good enough to create at least one breakaway per game … He was routinely beating defensemen with his speed, driving wide, taking the puck to the net. You don’t see that every day when there are so many great-skating defensemen who are so great positionally. He’s as fluid on his feet as anyone … He’s fun to watch skate, that’s for sure.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2013).

STRENGTHS
Elite NHL skating ability with acceleration and incredible top gear … Loves using his speed to drive wide and can flat-out beat defenders with his feet … Also beats defenders with his stickhandling, creativity and deft 1-on-1 moves … Scores beautiful, highlight-reel goals … High-percentage shootout shooter … Underrated playmaking ability … Huge threat on the penalty kill … Can play both center and left wing, preferring center but playing the majority of his junior career on the wing.

WEAKNESSES
Needs to play a more in-the-face style without the puck … Can play too tentatively at times … Inconsistent and prone to streakiness … Defensive play and attention to detail need to come up a level … Maturity was questioned early in his junior career, although it no longer appears to be an issue.

PROJECTION
Athanasiou slid from a potential top-15 pick a year before the 2012 draft all the way to the 110th spot, where the Red Wings happily selected him. He has high-end NHL skating ability and is starting to turn heads with his hands and offensive ability. After an offensive breakout at the OHL level in 2013-14, Athanasiou will turn pro in the AHL with Grand Rapids in 2014-15. He projects as a top-six NHL forward who also could play on lower lines if his game rounds out.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA GTMMHL 56 24 34 58 32 |          
 2010-2011 London Knights OHL 57 11 11 22 21 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 2 3 5 2 |          
 2011-2012 London Knights OHL 63 22 15 37 22 | Playoffs 11 1 4 5
  London Knights M-Cup 3 1 1 2 0 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 3 1 4 0 |          
 2012-2013 Barrie Colts OHL 66 29 38 67 30 | Playoffs 22 12 13 25 11 
 2013-2014 Barrie Colts OHL 66 49 46 95 52 | Playoffs 11 3 9 12
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 13 2 6 8 7 |          

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