Andreas Athanasiou
Andreas Athanasiou
24-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Red Wings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Red Wings in July of 2018.
Supplies pair of assists
CDetroit Red Wings
March 31, 2019
Athanasiou registered two assists and four PIM in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins.
It's the fourth time in his last eight games he's picked up multiple points. Athanasiou has 52 points (30 goals, 22 helpers) in 73 outings this season. He's also up to a modest 26 PIM. In March, the speedy center posted eight tallies and five apples in 15 appearances.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Stays hot with goal
CDetroit Red Wings
March 25, 2019
Athanasiou tallied a goal on six shots and added two PIM in Monday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
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Tacks on two points
CDetroit Red Wings
March 24, 2019
Athanasiou dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Saturday's win over the Golden Knights.
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Another multi-goal performance
CDetroit Red Wings
March 19, 2019
Athanasiou scored two goals in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
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Carries offense in win
CDetroit Red Wings
March 16, 2019
Athanasiou scored two goals in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Islanders.
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Scores 24th goal in loss
CDetroit Red Wings
March 13, 2019
Athanasiou scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday.
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