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Red Wings prospect news: Athanasiou named OHL’s player of the week; Callahan thriving in GR

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.”

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Callahan may never play in a wings jersey. Madness

Posted by brians neck on 02/17/14 at 05:32 PM ET

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Callahan may never play in a wings jersey. Madness

Posted by brians neck on 02/17/14 at 05:32 PM ET

How is it madness? He’d have a struggle to make almost any club in the NHL.

Posted by SK77 on 02/17/14 at 05:36 PM ET

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Clearly by his lack of success by refining the defensive details of his game or the endorsement of his coach?  Unreal how quick some judge.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/17/14 at 08:15 PM ET

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I was under the impression that Ferraro will have a difficult enough time cracking the Wings lineup next season with Sheahan and Glendening doing well to establish themselves this season.

From a statistical standpoint Ferraro and Callahan are currently comparable. From a skill set perspective Ferraro has more gifts in the toolbox with his speed and hands, while Callahan has average speed and hands. From an organizational perspective they used a #32 pick on Ferraro and #180 pick on Callahan.

So with all that said, I’m not saying anything bad about Callahan—but you can’t look at all of those facts available at this time and say that it won’t be a struggle for him to ever crack and remain in the Wings lineup.

I probably misspoke when I said he’d have a struggle to make almost any club in the NHL though—not all of them are as good at drafting solid 3rd & 4th liners as the Wings are.

Cool?

Posted by SK77 on 02/17/14 at 08:40 PM ET

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Cool?

Posted by some kid on 02/17/14 at 08:40 PM ET

Not only cool but accurate.

Posted by calquake on 02/17/14 at 09:00 PM ET

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Ferraro and Callahan could both be 3rd 4th liners on an nhl roster and you arent paying them a Cleary or Bertuzzi salary to do it. It’s just a little frustrating to develop players and then let them go for nothing but thats the argument weve been having all year. One of them could get a chance when we let Eaves walk this summer.

Posted by brians neck on 02/17/14 at 10:45 PM ET

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2014-15 Roster ... Give or Take, mind you. I’m just cramming in “for sure” names and not worrying too much about balance or center duties on the 3rd and 4th.

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
Franzen - Weiss - Nyquist
Tatar - Sheahan - Helm
Miller - Glendening - Jurco
Andersson - Alfredsson (assuming he signs for one more)

Am I forgetting anyone? That’s 14 of 15 skaters right there.

Emmerton is probably toast. But would Jarnkrok or Pulkkinen get a crack at the lineup as potential top six skaters?

And then you’ve got Ferraro and Callahan. Maybe Ferraro makes it? But what about Callahan?

Who out of Tatar, Sheahan, Helm, Miller, Glendening, Jurco, Andersson, and Alfredsson, are you sitting so Ferraro and Callahan can play? Bad math.

Posted by SK77 on 02/17/14 at 11:01 PM ET

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Abdelkader on the first line. That’s a problem.

Posted by brians neck on 02/18/14 at 12:11 AM ET

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Who out of Tatar, Sheahan, Helm, Miller, Glendening, Jurco, Andersson, and Alfredsson, are you sitting so Ferraro and Callahan can play? Bad math.

Posted by some kid on 02/17/14 at 11:01 PM ET

no one, just wait for the injuries to hit…....problem solved.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/18/14 at 03:04 AM ET

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