|Detroit Red Wings|
|Written by Brendan Ross|
May 2013- It wasn't all that long ago when Andreas Athanasiou was being viewed as a potential first round pick ahead of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last season with the London Knights Athanasiou wasn't able to harness his skill set and bring it all together at once, so mix that in with the highly regarded additions of the two-way stud Austin Watson and offensive sniper Greg McKegg and it pushed Athanasiou down the depth chart of the extremely deep and talented Knights roster and right into the Red Wings lap with the 110th selection in the 4th round. This season though with an offseason trade to a strong Barrie Colts squad Athanasiou was given the opportunity to play in the top six and get the much needed ice time that he needed to showcase his tremendous speed and offensive capabilities. Red Wings brass have to be thrilled with the way he was able to bounce back this season amassing 29G-38A-67PTS and a plus-13 rating while skating in 66 games after only posting 22G-15A-37PTS in 63 games last season. What impressed me with Athanasiou's play this season was the willingness to distribute for the better of the team as he posted more assists then goals for the first time in his career and was able to up his assist total by 23 from last season.
Not only did Athanasiou have a much improved regular season but he was an absolute stud for the Barrie Colts thoughout their postseason run totaling 12G-13A-25PTS in 22 games including 6 goals against his former team London in the OHL Finals. Unfortunately his 9 points weren't enough as London battled back from down 3 games to 1 and score the game winning goal in game 7 with 0.1 second left on the clock and crush the Colts spirits and hopes of heading to the 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon. Look for Andreas to be back lacing it up for the Colts again next season where he will look to build off his strong season and continue to show a consistent effort and improved play in all 3 zones of the ice. Travis Watson
April 2013 - After being traded to the Barrie Colts, Andreas Athanasiou has found a comfort zone playing alongside Mark Scheifele. Athanasiou set new career highs in goals (29), assists (38) and points (67) in 66 games for the Colts. The Ontario Hockey League named Athanasiou the OHL Player of the Week (ending April 8th) after he posted two goals and six points in three weekly playoff games leading the Colts to a 3-0 lead against the Oshawa Generals. Through seven post-season games, Athanasiou sits with 13 poiints and has started to show the consistency and offensive threat his high skill level should deliver. Brendan Ross
May 2012–Andreas Athanasiou is an extremely skilled forward playing for the London Knights of the OHL. Scouts love his incredibly speedy and dynamic skating to go along with his great puck handling. He has an accurate shot which has earned him powerplay time on a very talented London team. His speed is essential to today’s neutral zone game and also allows him to create turnovers and tire out opponents. It’s so important that he gets stronger since he isn’t very tall to begin with. Another thing scouts have worried about is his inconsistency. If Athanasiou adds strength he has the potential of becoming a great top six offensive asset.
Fantasy Outlook: C+
Huge upside because of undeniable skill. Needs to improve his consistency. Long wait time
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|Last Updated on Sunday, 19 May 2013 07:47|