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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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3/7/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers Activate Mitchell From IR

News: Willie Mitchell (illness) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: After a 16-game absence, the bulk of which was due to an upper-body injury, Willie Mitchell is expected to make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Islanders. Prior to missing time, Mitchell was gobbling up 22:12 of ice time per game while manning a top-four spot on defense for the Panthers. A similar role likely awaits for Mitchell again, but his limitations as a puck mover likely won't yield much fantasy value. He has only two goals and five points over 49 games this season.

3/7/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Expected Back Saturday

News: Willie Mitchell (illness) is expected to play Saturday against the Islanders, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: After missing 15 games due to an upper-body injury, Willie Mitchell was poised to return to the lineup Thursday against the Stars before a bout with the stomach flu set in. After taking part in Saturday's morning skate, Mitchell looks to be fully recovered from both the injury and illness, though the Panthers have yet to formally activate him from IR. Expect that to happen at some point in the afternoon prior to the game.

3/5/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Sidelined By Illness

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) will miss Thursday's game against the Stars due to flu-like symptoms, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Expected to return from an upper-body injury to play in a game for the first time since Feb. 3, Willie Mitchell was never formally activated from IR and will now have to wait at least one more game before getting back onto the ice. With fellow defenseman Erik Gudbranson also sidelined by flu-like symptoms, the Panthers may need to recall a blueliner from AHL San Antonio. Mitchell's next opportunity to play will come Saturday against the Islanders.

3/3/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Nears Return

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) plans to return to action Thursday against the Stars, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell, who last suited up on Feb. 3, has thus been ruled out for Tuesday's contest against the Maple Leafs.

3/2/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Nearing Return

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) has been skating, and he is very close to making his return, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Out since Feb. 3, Willie Mitchell may be able to return this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. At this point, he's considered day-to-day.

2/22/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell (Upper Body) Not Ready Sunday

News: Willie Mitchell won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Penguins, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell remains on injured reserve, but is believed to be nearing a return date. Perhaps a couple more days off will do the trick, as the Panthers' next game comes Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

2/21/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Out Saturday

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) will not play in Saturday's game against the Senators, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell is day-to-day, so he can be considered questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

2/19/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Remains Day-To-Day

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) skated Thursday morning and continues to be viewed as day-to-day, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell has been dealing with the injury for about two weeks, but it looks like he's just about fully recovered at this point. If he's able to resume practicing with the team Friday or Saturday morning, he could be activated from IR for either Saturday's game against the Senators or Sunday's meeting with the Penguins.

2/16/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Nears Return

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) is nearing a return to action, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell, who is traveling with the Panthers, who face the Leafs on Tuesday, last suited up on Feb.3. The veteran blueliner is only an option deeper formats, however, with five points and 17 PIM in 49 games to date this season.

2/14/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Placed On IR

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, retroactive to Feb. 3, Jameson C. Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Analysis: This will not affect Willie Mitchell's eligibility for a return, as he's already been out more than the seven days required by the IR stint. Mitchell skated Saturday and is believed to be getting closer to game action, but he will miss at least one more game, making a Tuesday return a best-case scenario.

2/12/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell 'Close To A Return'

News: Though Willie Mitchell will miss the Panthers' next two games, coach Gerard Gallant indicated the blueliner was "close to a return," George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell has yet to resume practicing with the rest of the team yet, so it's possible that Gallant is using the word "close" rather loosely. Still, there's a chance Mitchell could resume working out with the Panthers when the reconvene in Florida on Saturday following their two-game road trip. If that indeed comes to fruition, Mitchell may be cleared to play as soon as Sunday against the Blues.

2/12/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Out At Least Two More Games

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) didn't join the Panthers for their two-game road trip that begins Thursday in Minnesota, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell's condition has reportedly improved since he first suffered the injury last week, but he has yet to resume skating and will miss his fourth and fifth consecutive games. With only six healthy defensemen on the roster, don't be surprised if Mitchell is moved to IR in order for the Panthers to add a blueliner from AHL San Antonio.

2/9/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Still Sidelined

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) was not spotted at practice Monday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Fialkov adds that while Willie Mitchell is improving, the blueliner -- who last suited up on Feb. 3 -- remains out for Tuesday's game against the Ducks.

2/7/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Unlikely To Play Sunday

News: Willie Mitchell (upper body) is unlikely to play Sunday against the Predators, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell was absent from Saturday's practice, a likely indicator that he won't be healthy enough to suit up Sunday. Steve Kampfer is expected to once again fill in for Mitchell on the Panthers' blue line.

2/5/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Out Thursday

News: Willie Mitchell will not play in Thursday's game against the Kings due to an injury, Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein reports.
Analysis: It's not entirely clear what type of setback Willie Mitchell is dealing with, but the injury prevented him from taking part in Thursday's morning skate, and it will keep him off the ice Thursday night as well. Mitchell is considered day-to-day.

1/9/2015

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Produces At Both Ends Of Ice

News: Willie Mitchell contributed an assist and blocked six shots over his 24:08 of ice time in Thursday's win over the Canucks.
Analysis: Willie Mitchell has assists in back-to-back games, but it's his work in his own zone where he'll more often bring greater value. Unless your league counts TOI and blocks, Mitchell is probably safe to ignore.

12/29/2014

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Willie Mitchell

Panthers' Mitchell Nabs Goal In Victory

News: Willie Mitchell tallied one of four third-period goals for the Panthers to cap a comeback victory over the Maple Leafs on Sunday.
Analysis: The goal marked Willie Mitchell's third point in 33 games on the season. Though he holds down a regular spot in the lineup and is averaging a robust 22:23 of ice time per contest, his lack of puck-moving skills and subsequent absence on the Panthers' power-play units minimizes his potential for production.

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.