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Talking With Detroit Red Wings’ Prospects: Andreas Athanasiou

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The Detroit Red Wings drafted Andreas Athanasiou in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft out of the OHL.

When the Red Wings drafted Athanasiou he was a part of the London Knights, but was then traded to the Barrie Colts because of rumors about his attitude and not getting along with the coach.

The move to Barrie was the best thing for Athanasiou and the Detroit Red Wings because in his first year with the Colts, Andreas Athanasious was able to tally thirty more points to become a point per game player in the regular season and playoffs. Athanasiou played a larger role in the offense during that season and thrived in that role.

In his second year with Barrie, Athanasiou increased his point totals once again, this time by twenty-eight, and next year he will move up from the OHL to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Andreas Athanasiou went into Development Camp this year as an elder statesman of the Red Wings system because it was his third year at Development Camp, but he still had areas of his game to work on.

Athanasiou talked about what Development Camp is to him, “I think, just getting into that game shape and getting ready for main camp coming up and just learn how to play Detroit Red Wing hockey.”

Andreas Athanasiou possesses an incredible amount of speed and was the fastest player on the ice for Detroit, but with that speed comes some issues for the young center.

There were more than a few times when Athanasiou would continue skating up the ice, but the puck would slide right off of his stick, as if he was skating faster than the puck was moving. Most players will drop down a gear to control the puck better, but Athanasiou prefers to stay in top gear.

During the shootout, Athanasiou displays great control of the puck moving at high speeds and was able to score a great goal in the shootout after the first scrimmage, but that type of play does not translate as well over to an actual game situation.

Once Athanasiou learns to take his speed down a gear, he will be able to control the puck more in tight spaces and in the offensive zone than he already can, which will cause less turnovers and unforced errors.

This was Andreas Athanasiou’s third Development Camp with the Detroit Red Wings and it will be his last as he makes the jump to the professional leagues.

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