Athanasiou, the Red Wings fourth-round pick (110th overall) in the 2012 NHL entry draft, scored in each of the first two periods while Riley Sheahan tallied in the third. Sheahan was Detroit’s first-round pick (21st overall) in 2010 out of Notre Dame.
Athanasiou is scheduled to return to Barrie of the OHL this season while Sheahan is slated to play for Detroit’s top farm team in Grand Rapids.
Goaltender Jake Paterson, the Red Wings’ third-round pick (80th overall) in the 2012 draft, blanked the Wild until Tyler Graovac scored with 2:01 left. Paterson, who plays for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, made 20 saves.
The Red Wings were 0-for-2 on the power play but their penalty killers were a perfect 3-for-3. They outshot the Wild 35-21.
Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi and Richard Nedomlel were both involved in first-period fights.