Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Andreas Athanasiou and Phil Di Giuseppe
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Andreas Athanasiou London Knights, OHL
Phil Di Giuseppe University of Michigan, CCHA
Andreas Athanasiou will be a valuable asset for a team looking for a speedy forward toward the end of the first round or early second round. The Mississauga, ON native scored just 37 points (22 goals, 15 assists) in 63 games last season for the Knights, leaving some scouts skeptical of his ability, but those who follow the team closely will point out that he has gotten stronger, more mature and creates chances for his teammates.
Phil Di Giuseppe scored 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) during his freshman year with the Wolverines. He was named CCHA Rookie of the Month in October, posting nine points in his first eight collegiate games, and eventually earned an invite to Team Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior tournament. While some scouts classify Di Giuseppe as a pure scorer, his hockey instincts and playmaking abilities are what set him apart from other freshmen in his league.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011 Andreas Athanasiou is real fast. He can really fly out there, and he put up 22 goals while playing not a huge role in London. That’s pretty impressive. Speed is the thing that comes to mind.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Andreas Athanasiou is a very good, smooth skating forward. He has the ability to create time and space for himself with his speed.
Robbie Russo, Islanders prospect Phil Di Giuseppe is a big forward who skates well. He’s real good in the corners.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Phil Di Giuseppe had a good season playing NCAA hockey at Michigan. Not many players capable of doing that. He has the size and strength to play at that level.