DETROIT – There is no question that Andreas Athanasiou is one of the more electrifying players on the Red Wings.

Athanasiou, 22, blends elite speed with great hands, which led to him scoring 18 goals and 11 assists in 64 games this past season.

“Definitely speed is part of my game, when I get those chances and opportunities I know I can either give us a good scoring chance or even change the momentum of the game with getting the guys going,” Athanasiou said.

The end of Athanasiou’s season was marred by an injury he suffered on March 27 when he was cross-checked by Carolina’s Victor Rask while scoring the game-winner in overtime.

It was Athanasiou’s second straight game scoring the overtime winning goal.

Athanasiou missed the second game the following night in Carolina but returned to play four straight before missing the final two games of the season.

“You can see in those last couple of games I had trouble skating, so it’s tough to play in those situations when you want go and you physically can’t,” Athanasiou said. “I know how much speed I have and when I feel it down a couple of notches, it wasn’t a good feeling.”

Athanasiou said the injury does not require surgery, just rest.