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Via Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples, Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou was named the Ontario Hockey League's player of the week on Monday, and today, the player Wings director of amateur scouting Jiri Fischer compared to Darren Helm (while speaking with RedWingsCentral) was named the player of the Canadian Hockey League's player of the week:
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts is the CHL Player of the Week with seven points in two games scoring twice with five assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the week ending December 8.
Athanasiou recorded back-to-back multi-point games helping the Colts earn a pair of road victories to improve their record to 16-11-1-2 where they rank second place in the OHL’s Central Division. He earned first star honours on Saturday night scoring a shorthanded goal that held as the game-winner plus two assists in a 5-1 win over the Belleville Bulls, then claimed first star honours for the second consecutive game on Sunday with a goal and three assists in a 7-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s.
Athanasiou, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, is playing in his fourth career OHL season and second with the Colts. Recently signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings, Athanasiou was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft and leads the Colts with 39 points in 28 games after recording 67 points in 66 games last season.
He may need a pair of skates too...
Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Yzerman about his participation in the event, and she raises a red flag about Sergei Fedorov's participation...
Wow. The man's barely skated since he retired, but the Red Wings are reporting that Steve Yzerman will play in the Alumni Showdown:
Here comes a press release:
Oh, Pavel Datsyuk...
I said I'd do this post so I'm gonna do it. I'm not delighted with going through...sixty-five stories, but I believe that it's important to keep track of the Red Wings' prospects on a game-by-game basis whenever possible, and more than a few of you gave the thumbs-up to the concept of a Prospect Catch-Up Post of Doom.
So here it is, and here's what the Wings' prospects did over the past week:
Updated 8x at 3:28 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to earn a measure of revenge for Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers when the Wings begin a "Sunshine State Swing" in Miami this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Florida/WXYT AM), and as you know by now, struggling Wings center Stephen Weiss's return to his only NHL employer for the first 10 years of his pro hockey career will serve as something of an overriding narrative.
Weiss discussed his imminent return to Sunrise on Monday and was the focal point of Detroit's beat writers' game set-up stories, and while we tend not to think of Weiss as a game-breaker, MLive's Ansar Khan did note that Weiss left Florida as its franchise leader or at least "up there" in several scoring categories...
NHL seasons. Nobody has played more games as a Florida Panther than Weiss (654), who ranks among the franchise’s career leaders in goals (fourth with 145), assists (first with 249) and points (second with 394).
And Khan also noted that Weiss is nervous about the possible presence of boo birds this evening:
After posting a HBO 24/7-related press relase this morning, the NHL (via RedWingsFeed) posted a 2-minute "teaser" profiling Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, mostly focusing on Babcock--and Babcock's very open admission that he doesn't want to have his mistakes highlighted on TV is...Babcockian.
Pretty fascinating to see and hear Babcock set the stage for an all-access series by very bluntly stating that he may display some open hostility to the whole all-access part:
As a Wings fan, I believe that Babcock and Pavel Datsyuk are going to steal the show, with Niklas Kronwall and Todd Bertuzzi likely to surprise you as strong supporting cast members. Henrik Zetterberg really will be a "steady Eddie."
The NHL posted something of a moribund preview of Saturday's HBO 24/7 Red Wings-Maple Leafs series premiere in a press release issued this morning...
Head coaches Mike Babcock of the Red Wings and Randy Carlyle of the Maple Leafs, along with a host of key players, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through busy December schedules.
But Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus spoke with 24/7 producer Bentley Weiner about the series, suggesting that the Wings and Leafs' history and historically bitter rivalry will shine through...
Those of us who have spent significant chunks of our life in Ann Arbor have one regret about the Winter Classic's timing: while January 1st may be a fine date in terms of a "crowd control" perspective because A2 will be absent about 60,000 University of Michigan faculty and students who will mostly be out of town on a holiday break, the city's visitors won't receive a full sense of what a bustling, dynamic and energetic city Ann Arbor really is.
The city is planning on holdling a "puck drop" on New Year's Eve to give those who will be spending the new year in Ann Arbor a downtown celebration, but the Hockeytown Winter Festival's taking place 45 minutes away in Detroit, so I was wondering whether the NHL would do anything to make a partially empty city feel a little less empty.
This morning, the NHL informed the public that it's "filling in the blank" on its exam with at least a game-day effort's worth of fan-friendly activities:
The Detroit Red Wings hope to avenge Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers as the Wings' slate of games against Floridian teams continues (the Wings will also play the Lightning on Thursday and Sunday) tonight in Sunrise (7:30 PM EST, FSD/FS Florida/AM 1270)...
And all I can tell you is that I'm glad I ended up watching the replay of Saturday's game just before I started cobbling this entry together. I think I have at least some explanation as to why the Wings stopped shooting on Saturday night (the Wings were ultimately out-shot 37-23) and ended up giving the puck away seventeen times, if not some inkling as to why both the high-minded and shin-slash-aiming pundits aside have been wondering what the fark is going on with Stephen Weiss:
Even under a trio of Kevin Dineen replacements in John Madden, Brian Skrudland and Peter Horacek in tow, the Panthers play upside down hockey as compared to both the Wings themselves and any opponent they've encountered over the past two seasons.
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