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By The Numbers - Andreas Athanasiou

Speedy forward determined to become topflight two-way player

by Arthur J.Regner @arthurjregner / DetroitRedWings.com

In Greek mythology, the god Hermes is the god of speed and is often depicted wearing wings on his sandals.

Detroit forward Andreas Athanasiou may not be a mythical Greek god, but with his blinding speed it's not too far of a stretch to believe he indeed has wings on his skates.

Since he made his Red Wings' debut in November of 2015, Athanasiou has been bringing Detroit fans out of their seats with his speed, agility and a goal scorer's finishing touch.

He has made the most of his ice time and last season was among the league leaders in scoring 5-on-5 based on his average ice time.

However, like many young offensive-minded players, Athanasiou is still developing a two-way game, which has limited his ice time.

Red Wings officials are counting on the 22-year-old forward to continue to work on becoming a two-way player and are encouraged by his progress made last season, especially when he was paired with center Dylan Larkin.

Athanasiou is a restricted free agent (RFA), but he does not have arbitration rights, so his new deal could take all summer to hash out. It is believed once a contract is agreed upon, it will be a short-term deal.

100 - On April 3 versus Ottawa, Athanasiou played in his 100th NHL game, a 5-4 Red Wings victory in a shootout. He had three shots in 7:51.

18 - Athanasiou was second on the Wings in goals with 18. Only Tomas Tatar had more, leading the team with 25.

29 - Athanasiou had a career-best 29 total points and finished ninth overall in scoring on the Red Wings.

3 - Athanasiou netted three game-winning goals last season, tying him with Anthony Mantha for second most on the team. Tatar led the team with five.

2 - He became the second player in NHL history to score his first two overtime winning goals in consecutive games. His first OT winner was on March 26 against Minnesota at the Joe and on March 27 at Carolina. The only other player to accomplish that was Anaheim's Corey Perry. Athanasiou's two overtime goals tied him with Mantha for the most on the Wings and ninth overall in the NHL.

19:41 - In a game played on March 16 against Arizona, Athanasiou recorded his season high in ice time with 19:41. Detroit lost in a shootout to the Coyotes 5-4, with Athanasiou picking up two assists on goals by Larkin and Tatar. His average ice time for the year was 13:27.

64 - Athanasiou played in 64 games last season. Athanasiou missed 15 games due to injury, was a healthy scratch for two games and was not with the team for the October 13 opener in Tampa Bay. He played in 37 games during the 2015-16 season.

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