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Red Wings agree in principle with Andreas Athanasiou

Forward recorded 18 goals and 29 points for Red Wings in 2016-17

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today agreed in principle with left wing Andreas Athanasiou on a one-year contract.

Athanasiou, 23, skated in 64 games with the Red Wings during the 2016-17 campaign and finished ninth on the team with 29 points (18-11-29). His 18 goals ranked second on the club, and he also placed among team leaders with three game-winning goals (T2nd), two overtime goals (T1st), 120 shots (8th) and a 15.0 shooting percentage (3rd). The fourth-year pro became the second player in NHL history to score his first two career overtime winners in consecutive games, doing so on March 26 vs. Minnesota and March 27 at Carolina, before an injury sidelined him for the team's final seven games of the season. In 101 games with the Red Wings since the 2015-16 season, Athanasiou has tallied 43 points (27-16-43) and 33 penalty minutes, adding one goal in five postseason games.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Athanasiou also logged 51 points (25-26-51) and 34 penalty minutes in 83 games with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins from 2013-16 and registered 15 points (7-8-15) in 28 AHL Calder Cup playoff games over the same span. Prior to his professional career, the 6-foot-2, 188-pound forward skated in 252 Ontario Hockey League games for the London Knights and Barrie Colts, racking up 221 points (111-110-221) and 125 penalty minutes between 2010-14. Athanasiou won an OHL championship with the Knights in 2012 and was a member of the 2011 OHL Second All-Rookie Team. Internationally, the Woodbridge, Ontario, native has a pair of gold medals for Canada Ontario at the 2011 IIHF World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Andreas Athanasiou, Left Wing

Born Aug 6 1994 -- London, ONT

Height 6.02 -- Weight 188 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 4 #110 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

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