Andreas Athanasiou | Detroit Red Wings
GP: 45 Points: 30
Cap Hit: $3 million, 2 Years
Andreas Athanasiou needs to be considered by the New York Islanders. He brings a ton of speed, skill, and size to a team that can use all three. Here’s what Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet and SportsLogic had to say about Athanasiou recently.
"Athanasiou leads the entire NHL in scoring chances off the rush per minute played, and he attacks with speed more often than Nathan MacKinnon or Connor McDavid. Surely that’s tantalizing enough to ignore any defensive issues."
I’m tantalized! Even if Athanasiou has defensive issues there isn’t a better coach to vex those issues than Barry Trotz. He turned the New York Islanders from the worst defensive unit in the NHL to the best in less than eight months with a weaker blueline to boot.
Athanasiou can play on either the left of riht side and even down the middle if the need arises. His versatility and skill set should be enough for the Islanders to call up Ken Holland to make the trade.
Again, the Islanders first round pick might need to be involved, but judging on the return that seems like an acceptable cost.
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It’s not to say that the New York Islanders shouldn’t go after Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, or Mark Stone but if they can’t or the price is far too high there three options are perfectly suitable for the Isles.