The Detroit Red Wings may have found another gem in the draft with 20-year old Andreas Athanasiou. He was drafted 110th overall in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. After scoring 49 goals in the OHL in his final year of junior, he has now completed his first full season of pro-level hockey where he contributed 32 points in 55 games for the Griffins despite missing seven weeks with broken jaw that had to be wired shut.
Now that Athanasiou has gained a lot of his strength and confidence back since the injury, he has been a significant factor for the Griffins during their current playoff run with 4 goals and 1 assist over 5 games of their first round series.
“He had a nice rookie year, had his jaw broken in the middle of the year, missed seven weeks,” Holland told the Free Press. “He needs to get physically stronger, but he had a good season. He has tremendous speed, has some skill to go with it.”
Athanasiou’s combination of blazing speed and size make him an exciting prospect in the Red Wings’ system. Like all prospects, he does need to continue to build strength but he is well on his way to making a serious push to try and make the Red Wings roster out of training camp this year.
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