Metro/John Matisz Andreas Athanasiou at a practice last season.

***UPDATE***

As first reported by Metro on Thursday night, the London Knights have dealt 18-year-old fan favourite Andreas Athanasiou.

According to a press release, he is now a member of the Barrie Colts.

In return, the Knights have received two second round picks (2013, 2015), as well as a third round pick in 2014. The 2015 pick is only available to London if Athanasiou plays for Barrie next year.

London Knights forward Andreas Athanasiou has been traded, say sources close to the team.

Full details are expected to be released at some point over the next few days.

Athanasiou, 18, played in only 11 of the 19 games it took for London to win the Ontario Hockey League title last season. The coaching staff told the media he had the flu for a couple of games, but was a healthy scratch for the others.

At a team appearance on July 31, when asked about rampant rumours of the skilled winger parting ways with the Knights, general manager Mark Hunter told Metro Athanasiou was “not necessarily getting moved,” adding “we don’t know what we are going to do here.”

The next day, the Woodbridge, Ont. native was one of only three players to miss the club’s annual awards banquet and championship ring ceremony.

Training camp for the 2012-13 edition of the Knights opens next Tuesday, running through Thursday.

Although the majority of Athanasiou’s now-former teammates are in town preparing for the three-day tryout, the 6-foot-1, 174-pounder has been absent so far.

In a total of 127 games for London, Athanasiou recorded 34 goals and 30 assists for 64 points.

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