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Andreas Athanasiou A Happy Camper

09/24/2018 at 2:34pm EDT

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

This preseason is pretty much everything Andreas Athanasiou could have wanted.

Athanasiou, 24, is in his natural center position, he's playing in every situation, he's playing with talented players and he's getting lots of ice time.

On Sunday in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh, Athanasiou played 23:32, more than any Wing, and scored a goal, his second of the preseason.

Athanasiou grinned when asked about getting so much ice time.

"Anytime you play a lot, it's definitely a good feeling," Athanasiou said. "Anytime I can play those minutes, I'm definitely happy to do that."

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added 2:41pm, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on the prospects...

Frans Nielsen smiled as he began to talk.

The Detroit Red Wings are 4-0 in preseason, and prospects are producing. Only so much can be read into that, of course, but for a team fragile on confidence, it helps.

“Preseason is a funny thing,” Nielsen said Monday. “If you lose, you say, well, we’re working on stuff. But for sure it matters — it’s nice to get some wins. The season is sneaking up on us now, and getting that confidence, hopefully everyone has a point or a goal, so you just have a little confidence going into the season.”

To that end, it’s encouraging how much production has come from prospects: Michael Rasmussen has two goals and an assist, Dennis Cholowski has a goal and two assists, Filip Zadina has a goal and an assist, Libor Sulak has two assists, Evgeny Svechnikov has two goals, Joe Veleno has two assists, and Filip Hronek has an assist.

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