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Wings call up Griffins' Athanasiou

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

Andreas Athanasiou

DETROIT – The Red Wings today recalled center Andreas Athanasiou from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Kyle Quincey on seven-day injured reserve.

Athanasiou, 21, has skated in 65 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins since 2013-14, recording 37 points (18-19-37) and 29 penalty minutes. He played his first full professional season in 2014-15 and posted the best point-per-game average (0.58) among Griffins rookies, recording 32 points (16-16-32) in a campaign that was limited to 55 games played due to a broken jaw. The Woodbridge, Ontario, native finished 10th on the club in scoring, while tying for fifth with a plus-17 rating and ranking third with two shorthanded goals. Athanasiou finished fifth on Grand Rapids in postseason scoring, picking up nine points (5-4-9) in 16 postseason games. The 6-foot-2, 200-lb., forward led Detroit this year in preseason scoring and tied for seventh in the NHL with seven points (4-3-7) in five games.

Originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2012 NHLdraft, Athanasiou spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2010-14 prior to turning professional, spending time with the London Knights and Barrie Colts. In 252 career major junior games, he recorded 221 points (111-110-221) and 125 penalty minutes, winning an OHL championship with London in 2012. He ranked fifth in the league in scoring during his final OHL season with Barrie in 2013-14, racking up 95 points (49-46-95) in 66 games. Athanasiou is also a two-time gold medalist with Canada as a member of the 2011 IIHF Under-17 World Hockey Challenge and 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup championship teams.

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