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RELEASE: Oilers acquire Athanasiou

The Oilers acquire forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner from the Detroit Red Wings for forward Sam Gagner, second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021

by Press Release /

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Sam Gagner and Edmonton's own second-round draft pick in 2020 and Edmonton's own second-round pick in 2021. In addition, the Oilers will retain 10% of Gagner's salary.

Athanasiou, 25, has appeared in 46 games with the Red Wings this season, posting 24 points (10G, 14A), 26 penalty minutes and a -45 plus/minus. He ranks fifth on Detroit in goals (10) and sixth in points (24), power-play points (7), power-play goals (3), while averaging 16:32 of time on ice.

The 6'2", 188-pound forward has appeared in 294 career NHL games, registering 154 points (83G, 71A) and 113 penalty minutes. In 2018-19, Athanasiou posted career highs in points (54), goals (30), assists (24) and games (76).

The Woodbridge, Ontario native has appeared in five career NHL playoff games, recording one goal and a +1 plus/minus rating. 

Athanasiou was selected by Detroit in the 4th round, 110th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Kuffner, 23, has appeared in 32 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) this season, registering nine points (6G, 3A), two penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating.

In 2018-19, Kuffner played in 10 games with Detroit after spending the season with the Princeton Tigers (NCAA). He posted 44 points (22G, 22A), eight penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 31 games with Princeton.

The Ottawa, Ontario native appeared in 132 career NCAA games with Princeton, accumulating 152 points (75G, 77A), 20 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating.

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