Prospect News: Andreas Athanasiou leads the way

Jonathan Daniel

December 2 - December 10

Here's a link to a list of the Red Wings Prospects not currently in Grand Rapids or Toledo.

Goalie:

Jake Paterson

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP Min SV% GA GAA W L OTL SA Svs
57 Jake Paterson G Saignaw Spirit OHL 21 1193 0.898 74 3.72 10 9 2 726 652

It was a regulation loss and an overtime loss for Paterson last week, but I felt better about his play after watching how poorly his team played in front of him.

12.5.13 Saginaw Spirit at Windsor Spitfires Video highlights

Watch the 3rd Windsor goal and point and laugh at the Saginaw defense. This was a rough game by Paterson's standards, but he also didn't get a lot of support from his defense. He allowed 4 goals on 15 shots, and was pulled 5 minutes into the 2nd period. Box Score

12.7.13 Sagniaw Spirit vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

This was a 5-4 OT loss for Paterson and the Spirit. Paterson stopped 38 of 43 shots and from the recaps I read, it sounds like Paterson was tested a lot in this game and played very well. Box Score

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Forwards:

Andreas Athanasiou

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
22 Andreas Athanasiou LW/C Barrie Colts OHL 28 14 25 39 +11 30

Athanasiou missed a game on December 6th due to an upper body injury, but made up for lost time in the 2 games he did play last week. In those 2 games he had 2 goals, 5 assists, was the 1st star of the game in both of them and didn't take any penalties. Not a bad week at all.

Andreas Athanasiou named OHL Player of the week.
Athanasiou had 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists), was a +4, and a was the 1st star of the game in only 2 games played in the first week in December.

12.7.13 Barrie at Belleville Video Highlights
Athanasiou had 1 shorthanded goal, 2 assists( ES and PP), was a +1, and named 1st star of the game. Andreas has impressive speed and he used it to get his 2nd shorthanded goal of the season. Box Score

12.8.13 Ottawa 67's vs Barrie Video Highlights
Andreas Athanasiou had 1 goal, 3 assists, was a +3, and 1st star of the game in a 7-1 win. Box Score

I mentioned before that I was keeping an eye on his penalties because they were standing out to me as not only high for him, but the types of penalties he was taking were possibly concerning. He's now gone his last 7 games without a penalty, so I see that as a good sign. He's been increasing his already good points production and has 15 points (6G 9A) in his last 7 games and is 21st in in total points in the OHL.

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Tyler Bertuzzi

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
17 Tyler Bertuzzi LW Guelph Storm OHL 29 10 25 35 +9 49

Bertuzzi didn't register a point and had 2 PIM in a 5-3 loss to Zach Nastasiuk and the Attack on 12.6.13

12.7.13 Guelph Storm at Plymouth Whalers Video Highlights
Bertuzzi had 1 goals and was a +1 in a 5-2 win. Box Score

Tyler Bertuzzi vs Joshua Chapman - YouTube
Guelph Storm at Sarnia Sting Dec 8, 2013

12.8.13 Guelph at Sarnia Video highlights
Tyler Bertuzzi had 2 goals including the game winner, was a +2, had 5 PIM and was the 2nd star of the game. Box Score

I'm not 100% sure yet, but it looks like Bertuzzi may have been moved up to the 2nd line from the 3rd. Looking at his linemates when goals have been scored on the most recent box scores indicate that's the case, but I'll keep watching to see if it was temporary, or a permanent promotion. If he has been moved up to the 2nd line, he would presumably get more ice time and possibly increase his already career high points; he's also now only 3 goals away from his career high, and in 14 fewer games.

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Rasmus Bodin

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
15 Rasmus Bodin C/LW Linköpings HC J20 Superelit 14 0 2 2 -3 2 5

Bodin has been sidelined on and off with a several injuries this season, and and hasn't played a game since early November. I don't know if that's because of an injury, if he's been a healthy scratch, or both.

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Philippe Hudon

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
71 Philippe Hudon F Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 25 10 4 14 -5 43

Hudon had 2 goals (both even strength) 1 assist, and 4 PIM in his last 3 games.

12.6.13 Sea Dogs vs Tigres Video Highlights
Philippe Hudon had 1 goal (0:45), 1 assist, and was a +2 in a 5-0 win. Box Score

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Mattias Janmark-Nylen

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits GWG PPG SOG BKS
26 Mattias Janmark C A.I.K SHL 27 14 8 22 -5 34 7 2 5 66 12

Since we last met, Janmark played 4 games and only had 1 goal, 7 SOG, 1 hit, and 10 PIM for "abuse of officials". Prior to his knee injury in the Karjala Tournament, Janmark was just above a point per game pace, but since returning he only has 3 points (2G 1A) in 9 games. Despite his recent lack of production, he still leads his team in goals by 6 and points by 4. Hopefully he can fully recover soon.

12.3.13 A.I.K. vs Linkopings HC Video Highlights
Mattias Janmark and Mattias Bäckman faced off against each other, with Bäckman and Linkopings HC coming out on top with a 5-4 win. Janmark had 1 goal (0:40), 5 shots on goal, and a 10 minute game misconduct for 'abuse of officials", was a -2, and played 20:02 TOI. Bäckman had 2 assists, 2 shots on goal, was a +3. and played 21:58 TOI. He assisted on Linkopings 2nd and 4th goals.

Tre Kronor to Channel One Cup in Sochi - Swedish Ice Hockey Association
Mattias Janmark will play for Tre Kronor in the upcoming Euro Hockey Tournament in Sochi Dec 19-22. Niklas Kronwall's brother Staffan(D), and Jonathan Ericsson's brother Jimmie (F) will also play in the tournament.

And this is pretty cool.... The translated text says "After the vote, it will be national player Mattias Janmark who gets the cover of NHL 14 AIK-edition."

Janmark the form: "Applies to work hard" - AIK Hockey
Interview with Janmark on his "learning curve that points straight up" and being young (20) and going from "promising talent to star in the SHL".

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Hampus Melèn

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG PPG FO%
69 Hampus Melèn RW Tingsryds AIF J20 Superelit 11 0 5 5 -6 14 17 0 34.62

Melèn hasn't played since October 12th and has been out with an undisclosed medical issue.

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Anthony Mantha

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
8 Anthony Mantha F Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 31 33 36 69 +15 34

Mantha has 7 points (3G 4A) in his last 3 games. He has 12 power play goals, 6 short handed goals and 4 game winning goals, and the season is less than half over.

Anthony Mantha 2 Nice Goals vs Rimouski (12/4/13) - YouTube
Goal number 31 & 32 on the season for Mantha

Anthony Mantha Snipes a Goal vs Gatineau (12/8/13) - YouTube
Anthony Mantha Snipes a Goal vs Gatineau (12/8/13) Highlights

QMJHL Network: Anthony Mantha Is Streaking
Anthony Mantha (VDO) – His current 20-game point streak has him closing in on the team record streak of 23 games set 16 years ago by Jean-Pierre Dumont (1997-98). He also notched his sixth short-handed goal of the season leaving him only two back of the Foreurs’ club mark of 8 held by Simon Gamache (2000-01).

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Zach Nastasiuk

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
27 Zach Nastasiuk RW Owen Sound Attack OHL 31 13 16 29 -3 16

Nastasiuk has 4 points (2G 2A) in his last 3 games.

12.5.13 Owen Sound at Kitchner Rangers: Nastasiuk had 1 assist and wa a +3 in a 5-3 win. Box Score

12.6.13 Owen Sound at Guelph Video Highlights
Captain Zach Nastasiuk had 1 goal, and 1 assist, both on the power play in a 5-3 win over Bertuzzi and the Storm. Box Score

12.7.13 Owen Sound vs London
Zach Nastasiuk had 1 goal, 2PIM (delay of game), was a -1, and 3rd star of the game in a 6-2 loss. Box Score

Player Profile (#27)- Zach Nastasiuk - YouTube
Little Q&A interview with Nastasiuk.

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David Pope

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
9 David Pope F West Kelowna Rockets BCHL 15 7 6 13 0 2

Pope had 1 assist and 4 PIM in his last two games.

West Kelowna Warriors 12.6.13 Box Score
Pope had 2PIM (high sticking) in a 4-3 loss.

West Kelowna Warriors 12.8.13 Box Score
Pope had 1 assist and 2 PIM (hooking) in a 4-1 win.

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Defense:

Mattias Bäckman

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits GWG PPG SOG BKS
5 Mattias Bäckman D Linköping SHL 31 4 7 11 +17 8 1 1 0 37 33

Bäckman is on a point streak. He has 4 points in his last 4 games, and considering he only had 7 points in his first 27 games, that's impressive. It also appears, based on his ice time, that he may have either moved up to the 1st defensive pairing, or is simply getting a little more ice time per game.

Bäckman leads his team in blocked shots and not only leads his team in +/- (by almost double), but leads the entire SHL with his +17. His 8 PIM in 31 games is pretty impressive as well and indicates he plays a smart, disciplined game.

12.3.13 A.I.K. vs Linkopings HC Video Highlights
Mattias Janmark and Mattias Bäckman faced off against each other, with Bäckman and Linkopings HC coming out on top with a 5-4 win. Janmark had 1 goal (0:40), 5 shots on goal, and a 10 minute game misconduct for 'abuse of officials", was a -2, and played 20:02 TOI. Bäckman had 2 assists, 2 shots on goal, was a +3. and played 21:58 TOI. He assisted on Linkopings 2nd and 4th goals.

Linkopings HC vs Orebro Hockey 12.7.13 Video Highlights
Bäckman scored his team's only goal (1:00), had 2 shots on goal and was a +3 in a 2-1 loss. He also led his team in ice time with 24:31.

Linköpings HC vs Leksands IF 12.10.13 - Video Highlights
Mattias Bäckman's goal is at 1:19. Bäckman had 1 goal, 2 SOG, played 14:19, and was a +3 in a 7-1 win.

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James de Haas

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
2 James de Haas D Clarkson University NCAA 16 2 4 6 0 10

de Haas had an assist in his team's 5-4 win on December 6th. Box Score

He didn't register a point in their 4-3 win on December 7th, but he did have 1 shot on goal and was a +1. Box Score

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Ben Marshall

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
10 Ben Marshall D Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 15 2 3 5 +5 27 21

Marshall didn't play on December 6th, and didn't register a point in his team's 3-2 win on December 7th; but he did have 1 shot on goal, 2 blocked shots, and was a -1. Box Score

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Michael McKee

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
2 Mike McKee D Western Michigan Univ. NCHC 10 0 0 0
46

The Broncos played 2 games last week, but McKee didn't play either of them.

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Marc McNulty

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
3 Marc McNulty D Prince George Cougars WHL 29 6 9 15 +3 52

McNulty had 1 assist (PP), 6 PIM (tripping, roughing, hooking), and was a combined +1 in his last 3 games.

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Mitchell Wheaton

# Name Pos Team Leauge GP G A Pts +/- PIM
6 Mitchell Wheaton D Kelowna Rockets WHL 13 0 6 6 +3 14

Wheaton missed 7 games with a broken nose after being stretchered off the ice after this hit.

He returned to play one game last night and was a +1 in a 4-2 win.

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