Andreas Athanasiou
Andreas Athanasiou
26-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Kings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a breakout 2018-19 in which he scored 30 goals and 54 points for the Red Wings, Athanasiou had trouble getting going last season and eventually got flipped to the Oilers, where he failed to earn a regular shift with the club's superstars and managed only one goal and two points in nine games. After the Oil declined his $3 million qualifying offer, the Kings scooped him up on a cheap one-year, prove-it deal on the eve of training camp to bolster their forward ranks, and hopefully their woeful offense. The 26-year-old's best asset is his speed, and he's capable of springing past opposition defenders for a breakaway in a heartbeat. He has good hands and is more than happy to shoot the puck, possessing a sniper's instincts. While he isn't physical and can be a defensive liability (his minus-46 rating was the worst in the NHL last season, although to be fair, Detroit players filled the bottom five spots on that list), the biggest knock against Athanasiou is his inconsistent compete level -- he'll dazzle one night, and then vanish for weeks. If he earns a spot alongside Anze Kopitar, on the power play or at even strength, Athanasiou has the talent to rebound in a big way and cash in with a long-term contract next offseason. If instead he finds himself tumbling down the depth chart as he did in Edmonton, even 15 goals and 30 points could be out of reach. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Kings in December of 2020.
Picks up two points in win
CLos Angeles Kings
April 10, 2021
Athanasiou scored a goal on seven shots and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
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Athanasiou set up Jeff Carter for the opening goal at 11:43 of the first period. Early in the second, the linemates switched roles as Athanasiou buried a feed from Carter for the go-ahead goal to give the Kings a 2-1 lead. The 26-year-old Athanasiou has been solid with 17 points, 60 shots on net, 23 PIM and a minus-6 rating through 32 appearances. He's on a one-year contract this season, so it remains to be seen if he'll still be with the Kings after Monday's trade deadline.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:59
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
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2018–19
16:58
2:13
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2019–20
16:32
2:21
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With slick hands and breakneck speed, Athanasiou qualifies as one of the more dynamic forwards in the NHL. His camp had the audacity to play contract hardball with the Red Wings when he was a restricted free agent ahead of the 2017-18 season, but AA stayed put through a series of short-term deals and appears poised to garner a lucrative contract under the direction of GM Steve Yzerman. Last year, Athanasiou dropped career highs in goals (30), assists (24) and power-play points (11) despite falling below 17 minutes per game. While he's prone to taking shifts off in the defensive zone -- as illustrated by a career minus-30 rating -- more experience should do wonders for the versatile skater. Look for Athanasiou to sneak into the premier crop of NHL scorers in his fifth season, particularly if the Wings can revamp a power play that ranked 19th overall at 18.1 percent last year.
A contract holdout cost the supremely talented Athanasiou the first 10 games of the 2017-18 campaign. Ineligible for arbitration at the time, he demanded an increased role before agreeing to another year. Detroit's 2012 fourth-round (110th overall) draft pick ultimately recorded 16 goals and 17 assists to counter a career-worst minus-15 rating over 71 games. Despite skating to a career-high 1:44 on the man advantage, Athanasiou lit the lamp just once to go with a pair of power-play assists, and he missed the net completely on 69 attempts, leading to the worst shooting percentage (9.4) of his young career. Still, at 24 years old, the trailblazer has been thrown another lifeline to stand out in a deep forward group; he signed a two-year, $6 million extension in July and spared Wings fans another drawn-out saga. Overall, he's a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option.
Athanasiou's wheels never stop spinning, and his ability to dangle through traffic makes him a true showstopper. His iCorsi/60 minute value of 15.9 -- the highest of any Red Wing in the 2016-17 season -- shows that he reigned supreme in 5-on-5 shot attempts, including those that went wide of the net or were blocked. Double-A was anything but reckless with his opportunities, though, as he converted 18 goals on 120 shots for a healthy 15.0 conversion percentage. The problem was that the Ontario native averaged a mere 13:28 of ice time in his sophomore season, and his role on the power play was largely negated by the team's absence of a true man-advantage quarterback to complement playmaking blueliner Mike Green. Provided he ultimately agrees to a contract extension -- negotiations have carried over to the preseason -- there's plenty of untapped potential with Athanasiou, and you'll want to reap the rewards. Following Detroit's first playoff miss in a quarter century, there will be immense pressure on coach Jeff Blashill to manage the budding star more efficiently. Athanasiou can return the favor by showing more consistency on a game-to-game basis.
Athanasiou possesses a lethal combination of speed and craftiness, and with a little more polish defensively, he should be ready for takeoff in 2016-17. A fourth-round (110th overall) draft selection in 2012, “Double A” split time between AHL Grand Rapids and the Red Wings last season, including being called upon by Detroit during the playoffs. The 22-year-old’s efficiency in 37 regular-season games with the parent club shouldn’t be overlooked, as he barely logged more than nine minutes of ice time per contest, but still managed nine goals and five assists while making good on 17 percent of his shot attempts. His game-winning goal against the Lightning in Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals – the lone victory for the Wings – left the Detroit faithful excited about what the future holds for Athanasiou. He should be heavily owned in fantasy even though he’s best used as a reserve until he can carve out a top-six role.
Athanasiou finished the season with AHL Grand Rapids after torching the OHL for 49 goals and 95 points. He should get a chance to make some noise in the AHL full-time this season.
Athanasiou impressed in the OHL in 2012-13, tallying 67 points in 68 games with Barrie. However, he will need to continue to prove his worth to make his way to the AHL, and perhaps the NHL.
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Attempts to spark comeback
CLos Angeles Kings
April 5, 2021
Athanasiou scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
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One of each Wednesday
CLos Angeles Kings
March 31, 2021
Athanasiou scored a goal on two shots and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
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Shakes slump with helper
CLos Angeles Kings
March 21, 2021
Athanasiou recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Golden Knights.
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Goals in consecutive games
CLos Angeles Kings
March 10, 2021
Athanasiou scored a goal on three shots and added two PIM in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Ducks.
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Scores in third-period comeback
CLos Angeles Kings
March 8, 2021
Athanasiou scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Ducks.
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