Andreas Athanasiou has some serious puck-handling skills. The Red Wings prospect caught the hockey world's attention with this awesome shootout move a couple of years ago but what he managed to pull off this weekend in an OHL playoff game might be more impressive.
The Barrie Colts forward scored the only goal of the game for his team in a 4-1 loss to the North Bay Battalion in their second-round playoff series game but it was so good it almost feels like it should have been worth more.
The play starts with Athanasiou barreling into the zone and going wide at the North Bay defenseman. He manages to make a great little toe drag to get around the defender and start cutting back to the net but with another defender moving in, his options were limited.
For a guy with the great skill that Athanasiou possesses, that was no problem.
He pulled the move that Tomas Hertl made so popular early this season by going between his legs. But he wasn't on a clean breakaway like Hertl or any of the other players who pulled off said move, nor was he right in the crease for a tap in. Instead he was by the faceoff circle on the right side and Athanasiou was not only able to get a shot off from that position, but fire a bullet to the far post and in. An incredible finish for so many reasons.
This season Athanasiou had 49 goals and 46 assists in 66 games with Barrie. What we're getting at here is that it looks like the Red Wings have another really good, mid-round (fourth in 2012) draft pick on their hands because of course they do.