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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%: 1/0
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11/26/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell (Face) Out Second Straight Game

News: John Mitchell (leg) will not play Tuesday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell didn't even make the trip to Arizona for the game, as he continues to recover from the injury he's believed to have sustained last Thursday against the Capitals. Since it doesn't sound like he's resumed skating yet, it appears doubtful that Mitchell will be able to play in Wednesday's home date with the Blackhawks.

11/22/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell (Leg) To Miss Saturday's Game

News: John Mitchell will sit out Saturday's game against the Hurricanes with a leg injury.
Analysis: The Avalanche have been absolutely decimated by injuries of late, as the team was forced to move all of Dennis Everberg, Jamie McGinn and Brad Stuart to injured reserve a day earlier to get some healthy bodies onto the active roster. John Mitchell's concern looks minor by comparison and he's being labeled as day-to-day, but the forward will probably need to get in a practice before the Avalanche use him in a game.

11/13/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Projected To Play On New Line

News: John Mitchell is projected to play alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla in Thursday's game against the Rangers, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy continues to change up his lines, hoping to find some offense from a struggling Avs team. John Mitchell has recorded just two goals and two assists in 13 games this season, while playing on the third line. Even on a new line, he should not draw consideration from fantasy owners.

11/5/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Pots Goal In Loss

News: John Mitchell scored his second of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: John Mitchell opened the scoring just 1:15 into the game, and Colorado was able to make it 2-0 later in the period before surrendering the game's final five goals. He should put up somewhere in the range of 20-30 points, which doesn't merit a ton of fantasy consideration.

10/17/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Scores Shorthander In Season Debut

News: John Mitchell (head) christened his return from injured reserve Thursday against the Senators with a shorthanded goal in the first period.
Analysis: John Mitchell saw 13:02 of ice time in his season debut, winning eight of his 14 faceoffs. He began the game on the Avs' fourth line, but it didn't take long for coach Patrick Roy to elevate him up to the third line by game's end. Though not a prominent scorer, Mitchell has been able to deliver a goal in his first game of the season for three years running.

10/16/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell To Make Season Debut Thursday

News: John Mitchell (head) will be activated from injured reserve and play Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy said that John Mitchell would be used as either a center or wing on the first line in his season debut. Mitchell thrived as the Avs' third-line center of choice last season with 32 points and a plus-13 rating over 75 games, but the additions of Jarome Iginla, Dennis Everberg and a healthy Alex Tanguay to the Avs' top-nine forward ranks could relegate Mitchell to bottom-line duty until further notice.

10/16/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avalanche's Mitchell Could Play Thursday

News: John Mitchell (head) could play Thursday against the Senators.
Analysis: John Mitchell has been dealing with migraines the last several weeks, but he has been cleared to play by team doctors, and could take the ice as soon as Thursday. Mitchell should play soon if he does not Thursday, but expect an update on his status whenever he officially comes off injured reserve.

10/8/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs Move Mitchell To IR

News: John Mitchell (head) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell has shown some improvement in his bout with migraines in recent days, but not significant enough to allow him to play in Thursday's season opener. The Avs will be able to activate Mitchell from injured reserve whenever he's deemed ready to go, which could come quickly once he's cleared for contact.

10/1/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell May Miss Season Opener

News: John Mitchell (migraines) skated at practice on Wednesday and is feeling better, but according to head coach Patrick Roy, the forward is unlikely to play in Colorado's season opener, and could miss time beyond that, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Coming off a season in which he set career marks in assists and points, John Mitchell was expected to center the third line for the Avs entering the regular season. His continued issues with migraines will chance that plan, leaving Daniel Briere as the most likely candidate to step in as the No. 3 center. When healthy, Mitchell is generally used valued for his work on the penalty kill, which doesn't lend itself to much high-level fantasy utility. That being said, his serviceable 32 points and plus-13 rating over 75 games a season ago shows he can carry some value in deeper formats.

9/18/2014

John Mitchell, C, COL

John Mitchell

Avs' Mitchell Dealing With Migraines

News: John Mitchell's participation in training camp could be limited in the early going while he deals with migraines, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche have already announced that the migraines aren't related to the Apr. 11 concussion the center suffered, knocking him out of the remainder of the postseason. While that sounds like a bit of fortunate news, John Mitchell could still be held out of the team's first few preseason games as a precaution. Mitchell is likely poised to open the regular season as the team's third-line center.

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.