The Malik Report
by George Malik on 02/17/14 at 01:51 PM ET
Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou's not quite tearing things up at Anthony Mantha's 100-point level, but he sure is close, and the Ontario Hockey League took notice by naming the Barrie Colts forward their player of the week:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 16 after leading the league with eight points in four games scoring six goals with two assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-4.
Athanasiou earns the award for the second time this season after setting a pair of franchise records with five goals and two assists in a seven-point performance Thursday night against the Niagara IceDogs. Athanasiou was named first star of the 9-2 victory becoming the first player in Colts’ history to score five goals in a game, surpassing the club’s previous record of four that he matched twice this season. He also became the first Colt to record seven points in a game surpassing the previous record of six points shared by Sheldon Keefe (January 7, 2000), and Steven Beyers (December 28, 2010). Athanasiou was held off the scoresheet last Monday in a 3-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack and Friday in a 3-1 loss to the Erie Otters, but finished the week by scoring his 41st goal of the season on Saturday as second star of a 2-1 win over the Peterborough Petes.
Athanasiou, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season and second with the Colts. A fourth round pick of the Red Wings in the 2012 NHL Draft, Athanasiou is currently tied for fourth in OHL scoring with a career-high 80 points in 53 games played.
Click here to watch video highlights of Athanasiou’s record-setting performance against the IceDogs.
And while we're talking about prospects, RedWingsCentral's latest report is in, and they duly noted that Mitchell Callahan's turned into a player who is certainly earning a pro hockey job somewhere with a stealithily superb season with the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The 22-year-old right-winger continues to get the job done in his third American Hockey League season, playing a gritty, two-way game and leading the Grand Rapids Griffins in goal-scoring with 19 tallies along with eight assists and a plus-17 rating in 51 games.
All that hasn’t resulted in a call-up to Detroit — at least not yet — but it has helped the Griffins soar to fifth in the AHL with a 30-16-5 record and 65 points.
“He’s a guy who isn’t the fastest, isn’t the biggest, but yet he knows how to play to win hockey games,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “His strength is very good. He’s a guy who’s been a very good penalty-killer for us. He’s a winning type of hockey player because he wins puck battles, plays good defense and goes to the net and the hard areas well.”
The report continues...
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