Athanasiou is the Red Wings' second-most valuable player behind Dylan Larkin, per a value ranking from The Detroit News. Athanasiou turned heads in his fourth NHL season, as the fleet-footed center uncorked career highs in goals (30), assists (24) and power-play points (11) for the 2018-19 campaign. He still needs to tighten up in the defensive zone given his career rating of minus-30, but Double A still has plenty of room to grow as a 24-year-old trying to lead a crop of inexperienced teammates along with Larkin, who is the odds-on favorite to earn the main captaincy role ahead of next season.
Athanasiou -- who produced a career-high 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) this season -- earned the right to be a top-six player for the Red Wings, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Double A is under contract with the Red Wings for at least one more season, with the Original Six club having the option to extend him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020. It's conceivable that Athanasiou will join the 30-30 club in his fifth NHL campaign, especially considering that his minutes continue to climb as he gains more experience. An incredibly fast skater with no shortage of creativity in his game, Athanasiou should be worth selecting near the middle rounds of most drafts this fall.
Athanasiou registered two assists and four PIM in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins. It's the fourth time in his last eight games he's picked up multiple points. Athanasiou has 52 points (30 goals, 22 helpers) in 73 outings this season. He's also up to a modest 26 PIM. In March, the speedy center posted eight tallies and five apples in 15 appearances.
Athanasiou dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Saturday's win over the Golden Knights. Athanasiou had a hand in both goals during regulation, although Anthony Mantha won it in overtime without his help. This is Athanasiou's third two-point performance in the last three outings, and he now has six goals and three assists in the last nine games. Daily fantasy owners should utilize Athanasiou's recent hot streak for the final stretch of the regular season.
Athanasiou scored two goals in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers. After potting his 27th goal of the season in the second period on a nifty feed from Jacob de la Rosa, Athanasiou added what appeared to be an insurance marker into an empty net inside the final minute, but it proved to be the game-winner when the Blueshirts found twine with 10 seconds left on the clock. The 24-year-old has back-to-back two-goal performances for the first time in his career, as well as two others in his last 16 games as he puts the finishing touches on a breakout campaign.
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