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33 Willie Mitchell D
Height/Weight: 6-3/208 | Birthdate: 4/23/1977 | Birthplace: Port McNeill, B.C., Canada | Team: Florida Panthers | College: Clarkson | NHL Experience: 13 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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11/2/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Mitchell Scores First Goal In Win Against The Flyers

News: Willie Mitchell scored the first goal of the game Saturday against the Flyers.
Analysis: The 37-year old captain has already matched last seasons goal totals with one. He also had two PIMs, two shots, three hits, and two blocked shots in 25:45 of ice time. Willie Mitchell did only see 12 seconds of power play time so don't expect the goal scoring to continue.

10/10/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Mitchell Leads Panthers In Ice Time In Debut

News: Willie Mitchell led the Panthers with 25:35 of ice time in Thursday's overtime loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: With one shot on goal and a lone hit and block to his name, Willie Mitchell certainly didn't make the most of his minutes, but the fact that he merely received them speaks to how heavily the Panthers plan on leaning on him this season. He's unlikely to generate much fantasy appeal as a non-entity on the power play, but his toughness and leadership should prove beneficial for up-and-coming blueliners Aaron Ekblad, Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen and Erik Gudbranson.

7/1/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers Sign Mitchell

News: Willie Mitchell signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Analysis: The 37-year-old blueliner picked up a slight raise coming off a cup-winning year with the Kings, and will bring a physical, veteran presence to the Panthers blue line. Willie Mitchell recorded a goal and 11 assists in 76 games with Los Angeles last season.

6/26/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings Won't Re-Sign Mitchell

News: The Kings will not bring Willie Mitchell back for the 2014-15 season, Craig Custance of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell wasn't much of a fantasy factor this season, recording just one goal and 11 assists in 76 games, but he was a big part of the Kings' championship blue line. Mitchell has already stated that he wants to play for two more years, but the 37-year-old defenseman will have to find a new team with more space under the salary cap than the Kings for that to happen.

5/19/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Returns For Game 1

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) is back in the lineup Sunday as the Kings kick off their Western Conference Finals series with the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: After practicing Saturday and making it through Sunday's warmups without any complications, Willie Mitchell will slot in on defense for the first time in eight games. Mitchell's return leaves fellow defenseman Robyn Regehr as the Kings' only injured regular.

5/17/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell (Undisclosed) Practices Saturday

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) was on the ice for practice on Saturday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell missed Game 7 with the undisclosed injury, but did practice the morning of the game. The fact that he practiced on Saturday is encouraging, but his status for Game 1 is still questionable given that he practiced before Game 7 as well.

5/16/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell (Undisclosed) Won't Play In Game 7

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) will not take the ice for Friday's Game 7 against the Ducks, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell was on the ice for morning skate, leading to some speculation that he could play in Game 7, but coach Darryl Sutter was quick to assert that Mitchell will remain out. He suffered the undisclosed injury during Game 6 of the Kings' previous series against the Sharks and has not played since. The fact that he was on the ice Friday morning seems to be a positive indication that he's recovering and could be available should Los Angeles advance to the Conference finals to face Chicago.

5/16/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Participates In Morning Skate

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) was on the ice for morning skate Friday, L.A. Kings Insider's Jon Rosen reports.
Analysis: He was not available to play in Wednesday's Game 6, due to an undisclosed injury, but it seems possible he could take the ice for Game 7 on Friday. Continue to monitor his status as we approach the 9 p.m. ET puck drop.

5/13/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Resumes Skating, But Return Iffy

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) skated on his own Tuesday, but seems unlikely to play Wednesday, LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell's ability to skate is certainly a step toward a return, but he's been sidelined for two weeks now, so a return to the lineup immediately seems unlikely.

5/5/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Likely Out Again For Game 2

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) is expected to miss Monday's Game 2 against the Ducks, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell has been sidelined since sustaining an injury in Game 6 of the Kings' first-round series with the Sharks. The Kings are also expected to be without the services of Robin Regehr on Monday, leaving the team a bit undermanned on the blue line.

5/4/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Wild's Mitchell Out Saturday

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) will miss Game 1 of the series on Saturday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell stayed behind in Los Angeles to receive treatment for the undisclosed injury, and it isn't clear when he will be available to rejoin the team. Matt Greene was in the lineup for him on Wednesday, and he will replace Mitchell again on Saturday.

5/1/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Sidelined

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) is slated to miss Wednesday's Game 7 against the Sharks, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Matt Greene will step into Wednesday's lineup for Willie Mitchell, who has recorded an assist in six playoffs contests to date.

4/30/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Likely Out For Game 7

News: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) did not participate in morning skate and will likely miss Wednesday's Game 7 against the Sharks, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: Matt Greene is expected to draw into the lineup in Willie Mitchell's place. Mitchell, who suffered the undisclosed injury in Game 6, had one point and 10 shots on goal in his six postseason contests.

4/29/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Questionable For Game 7

News: Willie Mitchell left Monday's Game 6 victory over the Sharks with an undisclosed injury, LA Kings Insider's Jon Rosen reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell suffered the injury while playing on the penalty kill during the second period of the 4-1 win, appearing to suffer a lower-leg injury after stumbling awkwardly while chasing a loose puck. Coach Darryl Sutter declined to shed light on Mitchell's status for Game 7 while meeting with the press Tuesday, so we'll probably have to wait until Wednesday's morning skate before we have a clearer idea of his availability.

2/19/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Playing Physical Again

News: Willie Mitchell has one goal and four assists in 54 games this season.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell doesn't hold much value offensively, but does bring a physical presence to the Kings defensively. With 50 PIM, 75 hits, and 90 blocks, he's really only a factor in deep leagues.

1/20/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Tallies In Loss

News: Willie Mitchell scored a goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: The goal -- Willie Mitchell's first since last season's playoffs -- and moved his point total to just five on the season. He's a solid defender with a plus-11 rating, but he's not much of a fantasy factor outside the deepest of leagues.

12/28/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Playing Saturday

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) is playing in Saturday's game against the Predators.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell logged nearly seven minutes on the ice in the first period, after missing the previous five games. Barring an unexpected setback, he should be fine for Monday's game in Chicago.

12/28/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Practices With Team Friday

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) was back at practice Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell's been sidelined for nearly two weeks now with the upper-body injury but his presence at practice is a step in the right direction.

12/18/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Concussion Ruled Out For Kings' Mitchell

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) was back on the ice for Wednesday's optional skate, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: A concussion is not the source of the upper-body injury in question, as Willie Mitchell indicated his injury is more of a pain-tolerance issue at the moment. Although he seems to be progressing through the injury while skating, Mitchell was unable to provide a good estimate of when he might be back on the ice for the Kings.

12/16/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell May Be Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

News: Willie Mitchell (illness) may be dealing with concussion symptoms, LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, after taking a hard hit from Ottawa's Chris Neil. Mitchell then missed Sunday's game due to an "illness", and coach Daryl Sutter indicated that the two incidents are related. Reading between the lines, Mitchell may have been feeling ill due to concussion symptoms. The exact nature of the injury is rather significant, as a concussion could potentially lead to a prolonged absence, while an illness rarely results in more than one or two missed games. Until further notice, Mitchell should still be considered day-to-day.

12/15/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Will Not Play Sunday

News: Willie Mitchell (illness) will not play Sunday against the Blackhawks, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell, who has a plus-8 rating so far this month, will stay back at the hotel Sunday, leaving the Kings relatively thin along the blue line.

10/4/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Logs Heavy Minutes In Return

News: Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, logged over 24 minutes of ice time in the season opener Thursday.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell's not going to do much for your fantasy squad, but his presence should help the Kings' defensive effort.

9/21/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Returns To Lineup

News: Willie Mitchell logged over 23 minutes of ice time Friday in his first game back since returning from a knee injury.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell is never going to contribute much offensively but provides a steadying force on the Kings' blue line. He'll be ready for the start of the regular season barring any setbacks.

9/20/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell (Knee) Returns To Action

News: Willie Mitchell (knee) will make his preseason debut Friday against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Sidelined for all of the abbreviated 2012-13 season following two knee procedures, Willie Mitchell figures to only see light minutes in his return to action. The Kings appear comfortable with where he is on the health front and just needs to get some reps under his belt to prepare himself for the start of the regular season.

9/20/2013

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Willie Mitchell

Kings' Mitchell Expected To Play Friday

News: Willie Mitchell (knee) is expected to play Friday against the Avalanche, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell hasn't played in more than 14 months, so the team will definitely be keeping an eye on his health Friday night. Although it's a promising sign that he's back, there's no way to know how effective he'll be until he actually gets on the ice, especially considering he's 36 years old and coming off a major knee injury.