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7 John Mitchell C
Height/Weight: 6-1/204 | Birthdate: 1/22/1985 | Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario, Canada | Team: Colorado Avalanche | College: None | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: $1,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1
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4/21/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell On Trip But Won't Play Monday

News: John Mitchell (head) traveled with the Avs to St. Paul for Games 3 and 4 against the Wild but will not play Monday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: He still hasn't skated since suffering what is believed to be a concussion April 11 against the Sharks. Coach Patrick Roy added that John Mitchell is feeling better and will resume exercising shortly, which is a step in the right direction when it comes to concussions. With the Avs firing on all cylinders in the first two games of the series without both Mitchell and superstar Matt Duchene, there is no immediate need for him to return. When he does, however, he'll likely be back in a third or fourth line depth role, as the Avs' top-six forward machine -- led by the line of Paul Stastny, Gabe Landeskog and Nate MacKinnon that combined for 10 points in Game 2 -- is looking like a juggernaut in the early going of the postseason.

4/18/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell (Head) Remains Out Saturday

News: John Mitchell (head) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Wild, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell continues to recover from a head injury, which kept him out of the final two regular season games, in addition to Thursday's Game 1. The team is listing him as day-to-day, and it's unknown at this time when, exactly, he could make his return.

4/17/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Out With Head Injury For Game 1

News: John Mitchell (head) will not play in Game 1 of the Avs' first-round series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell had reportedly shown signs of improvement in recent days after sustaining a possible concussion last Friday, but he'll be bound for the press box in the Avs' playoff opener. There's still hope he can return to the lineup at some point during the series.

4/16/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Doing Better

News: Coach Patrick Roy said John Mitchell is doing better and could still play at some point in the upcoming series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avs certainly hope to get John Mitchell back at some point, as Matt Duchene is expected to miss the entire series. Keep an eye on his status in the coming days.

4/13/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Sidelined

News: John Mitchell is out indefinitely with a head injury, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell thus finishes the regular season with 32 points in 75 games, with his status for the first round of the NHL playoffs decidedly cloudy at this stage.

4/11/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell To Miss Friday's Game

News: John Mitchell will miss Friday's game against the Sharks with headaches and a possible concussion, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Even though John Mitchell's absence will be offset by the return of P.A. Parenteau, who missed 15 games of his own with a knee injury, this is still troubling news for the Avs who are already set to embark on their playoff run next week without Matt Duchene. It's unclear at this point how long Mitchell will be sidelined, but hopefully it's not long term. More information should be made available in the next few days. Mitchell had just started to come into his own with points in four of his last five games.

3/31/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Another Avs Injury Moves Mitchell Up Depth Chart

News: Just one game removed from returning from a back injury, John Mitchell will again be promoted to a line with Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Because of injuries to Stastny and P.A. Parenteau, John Mitchell has seen brief stints in the top-six over the last month, and will get another chance Tuesday as star-center Matt Duchene (knee) is unavailable for the next four weeks. The turn of events -- that saw Duchene limp off the ice and into the locker room just 34 seconds into Saturday's game after a collision with Jamie McGinn -- has been devastating for the Avs, but will provide Mitchell another golden opportunity to thrive in a key offensive role. Hopefully his latest promotion inspires an uptick in production and he can build upon his 10 goals, 18 assists and plus-12 rating while skating with two dynamic talents in Stastny and Landeskog. If you have a hankering for a late-season gamble, Mitchell makes for an intriguing target. You'll want to be snappy, though: the Avs have just eight games remaining.

3/29/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Two Points For Avs' Mitchell In Return

News: John Mitchell (back) tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: After missing the past four games due to the back injury, John Mitchell certainly looked refreshed in his return to the ice, potting what held up as the game-winning goal. The third-line center was starting to piling up the points before suffering the injury, so it's certainly encouraging to see him hold serve after sitting the last week.

3/28/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Will Return Saturday

News: John Mitchell (back) will play Saturday at Pepsi Center when the Avs host the Sharks, the Denver Post reports. He missed the last four games with a back injury.
Analysis: The fact that John Mitchell only missed four games after violently crashing back-first into the boards on March 18 is nothing short of miraculous -- especially to those who have seen the ghastly image of him folded in half like a lawn chair at the moment of impact. Nonetheless, he'll slot back in as the Avs' third-line center, allowing coach Patrick Roy to roll 12 forwards rather than the unconventional 11 he went with last game. Mitchell has 26 points and 28 PIM in 68 games this season.

3/27/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell To Miss Fourth Straight

News: John Mitchell (back) will miss his fourth straight game Thursday against the Canucks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Though he'll be out again Thursday, John Mitchell was able to skate on his own during the morning session and doesn't look as though he's far away from a return. He could be a possibility for Saturday's game against the Sharks.

3/25/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Won't Play Tuesday

News: John Mitchell (back) did not participate in Monday's practice and will not travel on the team's upcoming trip to Nashville, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The versatile center is feeling better, but will miss his third straight game Tuesday when the Avs visit the Predators hoping to end their three-game losing streak. D-man Tyson Barrie has spent the last two games at forward to offset the absence of John Mitchell, who likely won't return from the injury he suffered March 18 until he can get a couple solid practices under his belt.

3/22/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Could Miss More Than A Week

News: Coach Patrick Roy acknowledged that John Mitchell (back) could be out for more than a week, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. "Could be two days, could be 10 days," Roy said.
Analysis: John Mitchell's timetable will ultimately depend on how he progresses in practices over the next couple of days. Though not one of the more heralded forwards on the Avs' roster, he's played on every line at least once this season in addition to the power play and penalty kill.

3/21/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell (Back) Out Friday Night

News: John Mitchell is considered "day-to-day" with a back injury, and will not play Friday night against the Bruins.
Analysis: John Mitchell will miss his second consecutive contest due to a back injury sustained when crashing into the boards on Tuesday night. He was originally thought to be ready to go for Friday's matchup, but it appears next Tuesday against the Predators might be a more accurate return date.

3/20/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Expected To Return Friday

News: John Mitchell (back) is expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Bruins, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Assuming John Mitchell makes it through Friday's morning skate without incident, coach Patrick Roy plans to have him back after he missed just one game due to the injury. Mitchell first sustained the back ailment when he crashed into the boards Tuesday night.

3/19/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Will Not Play Wednesday

News: John Mitchell (back) won't play Wednesday vs. the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell traveled with the team on the trip to Winnipeg, but it appears coach Patrick Roy wants to give him some time to rest up after he suffered a back injury a night earlier. Tyson Barrie will move over from defense to take Mitchell's spot in the team's forward ranks Wednesday night.

3/18/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell (Back) Will Travel Wednesday

News: John Mitchell (back) will travel with the team for Wednesday's matchup against the Jets in Winnipeg, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell was released from the hospital, but his official status for Wednesday's game remains up in the air. He'll more than likely have to miss time, but the duration of his absence remains uncertain at the moment.

3/18/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Leaves With Back Injury

News: John Mitchell was removed from Tuesday's game against the Canadiens with a back injury, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell suffered the ailment when he crashed into the boards while attempting to lay a hit on Lars Eller. The injury comes as unfortunate timing for Mitchell, who is enjoying his best production of the season with three goals and two assists over his last four games. It would seem unlikely for him to heal in time for Wednesday's game vs. the Jets, but the team should provide an official update on his status after the game.

3/17/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL Avs' Mitchell Hot Since Inking Extension

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Hot Since Inking Extension

News: John Mitchell has celebrated his newly-signed three-year extension with the Avalanche by providing three points over his last two games.
Analysis: Injuries to P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny have allowed John Mitchell to move upward on the depth chart, and he's certainly repeated the benefits of playing alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. As long as he retains a top-six role and sees sizable minutes, Mitchell might be worth a look in deeper leagues.

3/14/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Inks Three-Year Extension

News: John Mitchell signed a three-year extension with the Avalanche on Friday, the team's official website reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell's new contract runs through the 2016-17 campaign and will prevent him from hitting free agency after this season. Never a huge scorer, he's emerged as an important piece for the Avs, despite tallying just 23 points (seven goals) through 65 games this season.

3/12/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Given Top Line Duties

News: John Mitchell centered Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog during Wednesday's game-day practice, reports the Denver Post.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy has been forced to juggle his lines again after losing P.A. Parenteau just two days after veteran center Paul Stastny went down with a back injury. John Mitchell put up a pair of points last game, so he'll get a look as the Avs top center to allow for rookie-sensation Nathan MacKinnon to move back to the wing where he has been most productive this season. The sixth-year NHLer has never cracked the 30-point mark in his career, but will be worth a look if the right circumstances keep him on one of the Avs scoring units. His power-play time is increasing too, so if he strings together a few points, pull the trigger.

3/10/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs` Mitchell Hits Scoresheet Twice Monday

News: John Mitchell chipped in a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Jets.
Analysis: Understandably, John Mitchell has seen an immediate increase to his ice time with injuries to Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau. Saturday`s game against the Blues marked his first power-play action in nine games. An additional 4:21 on the man advantage Monday against the Jets could very well be foreshadowing for Mitchell, whose 23 points have him within striking distance of his career high of 29, set as a rookie with the Maple Leafs.

2/1/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Tallies Goal, Assist Thursday

News: John Mitchell had a goal and assist in Thursday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: John Mitchell's third goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie less than two minutes into the second period. The 29-year-old occupies a role on the Avs' third line and has six goals and 15 assists in 52 games this season.

1/25/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Playing Saturday

News: John Mitchell (illness) took the ice for warmups before Saturday's game, and he will likely be back in the lineup, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell dealt with an illness all week, and he was able to play Tuesday but not Friday. As expected, he'll rejoin the team for Saturday's game in Tampa Bay.

1/24/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Not Playing Friday

News: John Mitchell (illness) will not play in Friday's game against the Panthers, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell was able to play Tuesday, but is still bothered by the illness. He did not travel with the team to Florida, but is expected to arrive a little late and be able to play in Saturday's game against the Lightning.

1/21/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Will Play Tuesday

News: John Mitchell (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: An afternoon to rest up was all that John Mitchell needed to dispose of the flu that had prevented him from participating during the team's morning skate. He'll likely slot in as the third-line center, working alongside Cody McLeod and Maxime Talbot.