HSJ on the Wings’ trade candidates include Athanasiou

The Free Press’s Helene St. James penned an article discussing the Red Wings’ probable trade deadline candidates, and she included a surprising player:

Forward Andreas Athanasiou

2017-18 stats:11 goals, 15 assists for 26 points in 48 games.

Why he might be traded:​​​​​​​ Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Nashville saw Athanasiou score on a breakaway, battle down low to set up another goal, hit the net on another scoring chance. He’s a gifted skater with excellent hands. Inconsistency is a problem, though – he had just three assists in the 13 games prior to Tuesday, despite average 15 minutes 30 seconds per game. He’s got too elite of a skill set to go long stretches between standing out. If a really good offer materializes, either now or in the summer, such as for a high-end defense prospect, he could be ideal trade chip. Athanasiou is restricted at the end of the season, but he’s got arbitration rights this time around and the Wings have the right to pick a one- or two-year deal, so it won’t get ugly like last summer when he held out to start the season.


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2 thoughts on “HSJ on the Wings’ trade candidates include Athanasiou”

  1. Welll… if KH starts selling current prospects,, hmmm, KH is still pushing for the playoffs next year??

    AA is the only Game Breaker we have now (but he is another Mrazek who has Moxie). I hope there are more AA’s in the future. SKATING is a killer for most trying to make the NHL.

    A skating instructor once said the best skater on the team should be your Goalie. I was right once with my son.

    That is good for me but KH (Hunter) wants all his men to march to his own tune.

    KH at one time was right up there with the best GMs but he hasn’t been able to adapt to the post Cap Hockey.

    Kids are different these days, a good thing (most of the time, lol)

  2. If we can get a first rounder for Tatar, let him go. He has never seemed overly happy in Detroit. I think AA still comes cheap enough with enough upside to hold onto.

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