News:John Mitchell registered a power-play goal and an assist Saturday as Colorado fell at Edmonton, 6-4. He's fourth on the team in scoring (5-4-9) while missing one of the team's 13 games thus far.
Analysis: The really impressive aspect of his play is that the five goals have come on just 20 shots (25 percent). That's a terrific stat, but it just isn't going to last; before this season, his career shooting percentage was just 8.6 percent. You have been warned.
News:John Mitchell (illness) will not play Monday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche are already without captain Gabriel Landeskog and will now be without John Mitchell who is second on the team with four goals. Newly signed forward Aaron Palushaj will make his debut Monday and take Mitchell's spot.
News:John Mitchell scored two goals and picked up an assist Thursday in a win over Calgary.
Analysis:John Mitchell's been seeing major minutes of late, including power-play time, but this was the first time in four games that he paid off coach Joe Sacco with some point production.
News:John Mitchell took a puck to the face in Thursday's win over the Blue Jackets in the first period, but returned in the second after getting attended to, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:John Mitchell is in line for more ice time after Steve Downie's season-ending knee injury.
News: Michell is expected to fill in for the injured Steve Downie (knee) on the Avs' second power play unit, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis:John Mitchell is known as more of a defensive specialist, so his time on the PP could be short-lived while the Avs search for a more suitable replacement for Downie. The promotion is nice, but don't get your expectations up.
Avs' Mitchell Seeing Checking Line Duty So Far In Camp
News:John Mitchell is playing on the Avs' third line thus far in training camp, centering Milan Hejduk and Steve Downie, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis:John Mitchell makes for an intriguing case, fantasy-wise. After scoring just three points in 23 games for the Rangers last year, he signed with the Avs as a free agent in July. If he can somehow manage to hold onto the third-line center position, he could find himself opening the season with a couple of very capable scorers on his wing. Accordingly, if he can find some chemistry with Hejduk and Downie, you could see him return to the 25-plus point range he was occupying a couple of seasons ago. He's worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
News:John Mitchell has signed with Colorado, reports the Avalanche's Twitter feed. It's a two-year deal worth $2.2 million.
Analysis: He's a checking-line center who brings energy and face-off ability to the ice. His fantasy value is limited because of the depth of his position.
News:John Mitchell was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against New Jersey, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis:John Mitchell has only 13 points on the year, but his plus-14 rating makes this a bit surprising. John Scott took his place Tuesday.
News:John Mitchell scored his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Jets.
Analysis:John Mitchell has shown a bit of a scoring flair lately with three goals in his last fives games, but don't be fooled. The Rangers' center has not been getting consistent ice time, and an average of 11:07 minutes per game is as good a reason as any to let him sit on the waiver wire.
News:John Mitchell scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Nashville.
Analysis:John Mitchell has scored in two straight games, but don't be fooled. With the return of Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko, the youngster's ice time dipped back to under 10 minutes and he'll be hard-pressed to keep up his scoring streak.
News:John Mitchell scored the Rangers' lone goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Montreal.
Analysis:John Mitchell has seen his ice time increase in the Rangers' last two games due to minor injuries to Brandon Dubinsky and Rusland Fedotenko. He was able to capitalize on the opportunity in Sunday's loss, but the goal is only his third of the season and his ice time is due to return to normal soon. There are certainly better options available in even the deepest of leagues.
News:John Mitchell registered two assists in Monday's win over Philadelphia in the NHL Winter Classic.
Analysis:John Mitchell's line with Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust contributed two goals and six points in the victory, certainly an unlikely contribution from players like Mitchell. Mitchell has eight points in 19 games this season.
Rangers' Mitchell scores first goal of the 2011-2012 season
News:John Mitchell tallied his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Penguins.
Analysis:John Mitchell has three points in as many games since being recalled from AHL Connecticut, but he hasn't been getting enough ice-time to be a warrant a pickup just yet.
News: The Rangers recalled John Mitchell from AHL Connecticut on Thursday, Chris Botta of the New York Times reports.
Analysis:John Mitchell will join the Rangers after totaling 14 points (7G, 7A) in 17 games with Connecticut this season. He'll provide an extra man up front with Andre Deveaux likely facing a suspension for an illegal check in Wednesday's game.
News:John Mitchell has cleared waivers and will report to the AHL Connecticut Whale, according to Newsday.
Analysis: To open the season, the Rangers have decided to go with an experienced player in either Sean Avery or Erik Christensen. Whoever lands the 13th forward spot figures to be on a very short leash and the versatile checker John Mitchell could be first in line for a promotion.
News: The Rangers have demoted John Mitchell, Newsday reports.
Analysis:John Mitchell was battling with Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Carl Hagelin for a final reserve forward roster spot. Rangers management decided to go with experience for their 13th forward, instead of the slightly higher upside of Mitchell.
News: It looks as though John Mitchell is fighting with Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Carl Hagelin for the reserve forward roster spot for the Rangers, according to The New York Times.
Analysis: The choice of whom Rangers' management decides to go with may come down to whether or not they prefer an experienced player as a 13th forward. If coach John Tortorella prefers to distance himself from players that have frustrated him, like Avery and Christensen, it would favor John Mitchell the most, as Hagelin's had a good camp but is generally thought to need a little more seasoning.
News: Mitchell has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: If he's with the big club this season, it will almost certainly be in a limited checking-line role.
News: The Maple Leafs dealt Mitchell to the Rangers on Monday in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2012, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Given the lack of upside in Mitchell, who is solely a depth player, it was doubtful all along there would be much of a bounty.
News: Mitchell (knee) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Buffalo, the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: With his return, Mitchell will be taking the place of Darryl Boyce (face) in the lineup for at least Saturday's game. Mitchell has been sidelined since early January, so you may want to give him a game or two to knock off the rust before activating him.
News: Mitchell (knee) skated at practice Wednesday for the first time since tweaking his knee on Jan. 2, reports the Toronto Star.
Analysis: He had skated on his own Monday and Tuesday, and was scheduled to just skate with his mates for a few minutes Wednesday. But he stayed for the whole practice. He didn't take any hits but participated in skating drills. He could be ready to go as early as next week as long as there are no setbacks over the weekend.
News: Mitchell has been held to one point in 10 games this season.
Analysis: Fantasy owners shopping for a center would be wise to select a skater that averages at least 15 minutes of ice time per game, a criteria not met by Mitchell and his 13:52 time on ice average.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell, who took a shot to the head from Chris Neil in Saturday's shootout win over Ottawa, was in the lineup Sunday for a loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: It's good to see Mitchell back from a nasty hit, but he remains just a minimal option in the deepest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell was struck on the head by Chris Neil's shoulder check 14 minutes in to Saturday's shootout win over the Senators.
Analysis: Neil is known for being a guy who plays on the edge, and he could well get suspended for this blatant and unnecessary head shot. Healthy or not, Mitchell has minimal Fantasy value, if any.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell has no goals in his last 14 games and has just two assists in that span. Mitchell has also been below even in seven of his last 14 games.
Analysis: Mitchell has only three points in 17 games since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out six weeks. He has even been a healthy scratch at times. Mitchell gets a fair amount of playing time and has been a favorite of coach Ron Wilson because he has a good work ethic. Unfortunately, he just can't translate that into points. He has minimal Fantasy value until further notice.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Maple Leafs C John Mitchell returned to the lineup against the Panthers after being a healthy scratch in Tampa Bay on Thursday, his first benching of the season.
Analysis: Mitchell has no goals and one point in his last seven games. In fact, he has only four points in his last 17 games. Mitchell missed six weeks with a lower-body injury and has been very rusty since returning. He has minimal Fantasy value until further notice.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell returned to the lineup on Tuesday against the Panthers after missing six weeks with a lower-body injury. He had no points and one shot in 16:14 of ice time. Mitchell has not scored in eight games and has two assists in that span.
Analysis: Mitchell bounces all over the ice for Toronto, but he skated on the second line in his return. Mitchell is a player that coach Ron Wilson likes and his coach has no qualms about giving him plenty of PT. However, Mitchell is just not a top offensive player. He has minimal Fantasy value when healthy.
News: The Maple Leafs' official Web site reports that C John Mitchell will come off injured reserve Tuesday vs. Florida after missing six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Mitchell practiced on the second line Tuesday alongside Alexei Ponikarovsky and Niklas Hagman. The 24-year-old is in his second NHL campaign after putting up 29 points in 76 games last season. He has minimal Fantasy value when healthy.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goalie Vesa Toskala and forward John Mitchell on injured reserve and recalled goalie Joey MacDonald and forward Christian Hanson on Tuesday. Jonas Gustavsson is expected to resume the starting duties for Toronto with Toskala sidelined.
Analysis: Mitchell suffered a knee injury in Monday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. Mitchell has no goals and two assists in his last seven games after scoring in two consecutive contests in early November. Mitchell has played some on the team's top line in 2009-10, but he is not going to be an offensive leader in Toronto. Mitchell has low-end Fantasy appeal for the deepest of formats when healthy.
News: Maple Leafs forward John Mitchell left Monday's game against the Islanders in the first period with a lower-body injury. He has no points in 4:17 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: Mitchell has no goals and two assists in his last seven games after scoring in two consecutive contests in early November. Mitchell has played some on the team's top line in 2009-10, but he is not going to be an offensive leader in Toronto. Mitchell has low-end Fantasy appeal for the deepest of formats.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell tallied a pair of assists during Thursday's game against the Hurricanes. He failed to record an assist in his previous eight games.
Analysis: Mitchell has seen some time as the team's top-line center in 2009-10, but he definitely isn't producing like a player in that role. While Mitchell is a favorite of coach Ron Wilson, he just doesn't produce enough points to matter outside the deepest of Fantasy formats.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell scored in a second straight game Saturday as Toronto beat the Red Wings.
Analysis: Mitchell isn't much of an offensive presence and is only worth worrying about in super-deep leagues.
News: Toronto C John Mitchell scored his first goal of the season in Friday's 3-2 win over Carolina. Mitchell scored the Maple Leafs' first goal in the game as they were down 2-0 at the time. It was his only shot on goal on the night.
Analysis: Mitchell has six points on the season for Toronto. He was on a three-game points streak before snapping it on Nov. 3 against Ottawa. He came right back on Friday and registered a point on his first goal. While there has definitely been a slight increase in Mitchell's production, he still has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 during Saturday's game against the Bruins. Mitchell recorded a power-play goal 12:04 into the first to tie the game at 2. It was his 10th goal and second in six games.
Analysis: Mitchell has become the team's top-line center since the departure of Dominic Moore at the trade line and has produced a season-high five goals and eight points in March. While that is an increase in Mitchell's production, he still has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News:John Mitchell scored twice for the Maple Leafs during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Devils. Mitchell tied it 1 for the Leafs at 2:32 of the third period by slipping between Brian Rolston and Andy Greene at the front edge of Martin Brodeur's crease and redirecting in a pass from Jason Blake from behind the net. Mitchell tied it again with a power-play goal at 10:45, making the most of his extra playing time with Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore sitting out.
Analysis: Mitchell could find himself in a prominent offensive role down the stretch if the Maple Leafs don't get any NHL-ready players in trades for Antropov and Moore. However, we need to see consistency from the rookie Mitchell before recommending him heavily in Fantasy.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell returned to the lineup Saturday against the Senators after missing one game with an upper-body injury. He tallied an assist in 13:21 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: The rookie forward has pretty much dressed for every game this season when he has been healthy, but he hasn't given much of a riveting effort on offense. He has just five goals and 14 assists in 57 games. Mitchell is more of a lower-line forward and has minimal Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Maple Leafs C John Mitchell was unable to play Thursday against the Islanders because of an upper-body injury. He remains questionable heading into Saturday against the Senators.
Analysis: The rookie forward has pretty much dressed for every game this season when he has been healthy, but he hasn't given much of a riveting effort on offense. He has just five goals and 13 assists in 56 games. Mitchell is more of a lower-line forward and has minimal Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Toronto's John Mitchell and Jeff Finger left Wednesday's game against the Rangers with upper-body injuries. They are both listed as questionable for Thursday's game at the Islanders.
Analysis: Neither of these players have much Fantasy value and should be ignored in all formats at this point, especially now that they're out with injuries.
News: Toronto C John Mitchell increased his points total on the season to 18 with the opening goal of a 3-2 overtime win over the slumping Rangers. His goal came on a slap shot 3:54 into the first period past Henrik Lundqvist.
Analysis: Mitchell is up to 18 points this season, which isn't exactly blowing away Fantasy owners. He is only a low-end option and not worth using in Fantasy at the moment. Leave him on waivers.
News: The Toronto Sun reports that Maple Leafs C John Mitchell, who usually mans the fourth line, will get a chance to center the top scoring line when Toronto hosts Ottawa. "It's an opportunity for me to hopefully show some of the skills that I have, and utilize those guys and try to use my speed to get them a little bit more room to handle the puck," Mitchell said. "I'm not a Sidney Crosby or someone that can just walk in and be given first line treatment. I spent three years in the minors, so obviously I had to work to get here and I'm going to have to work to climb up in the lines."
Analysis: Mitchell has just 10 points this season, but he was a solid scorer in his OHL days and did show progress in each of his three AHL campaigns. He isn't worth grabbing just yet, but keep a close eye on him in deeper leagues over the next few games.
News: Rookie center John Mitchell, with his third goal of the season, provided the lone offense for the Leafs, who lost for the fourth time in five games on Thursday against the Sabres.
Analysis: Mitchell has 10 points on the season for the Maple Leafs. The 23-year-old rookie has quickly become a favorite of coach Ron Wilson, so it is good news that he's contributing for the Leafs. Mitchell is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve for the time being.
News: Toronto C John Mitchell came off IR on Saturday before the Maple Leafs met the Chicago Blackhawks. Mitchell has been out since Nov. 8 when he left a game against Montreal with a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Mitchell has been a nice addition for the Maple Leafs this season with five points in 13 games. The 23-year-old rookie has quickly become a favorite of coach Ron Wilson, so it is good news that he's back out there for the Leafs. Mitchell is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve for the time being.
News: Toronto C John Mitchell (shoulder) could not return for Saturday's game against Montreal. Mitchell was hurt in Boston on a suspected shoulder separation courtesy of a routine looking hit from Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward. Mitchell said he has yet to see a doctor, but expectations are that he could return to practice in about a week. "We don't expect Mitchy to play for a week," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.
Analysis: Mitchell has been a nice addition for the Maple Leafs this season with five points in 13 games. The 23-year-old rookie has quickly become a favorite of coach Ron Wilson, so it is good news that this injury doesn't seem very serious. Mitchell is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve when healthy.
News: Toronto C John Mitchell injured his shoulder Thursday against the Bruins and spoke about it possibly being separated after the game. He didn't have a point in 7:49 of ice time and finished at even while taking two shots.
Analysis: Mitchell has been a nice addition for the Maple Leafs this season with five points in 13 games. The 23-year-old rookie has quickly become a favorite of coach Ron Wilson, so it would be a real shame if this injury turns out to be serious. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve when healthy.
News:The Sports Xchange reports one of the players responsible for the Maple Leafs' modest turnaround so far is a local kid who has been in the organization for five years and picked up his first two NHL goals on Saturday. Center John Mitchell's work ethic and touch around the net couldn't buy him a ticket off of the farm for three years. But new coach Ron Wilson's clean slate gave Mitchell the chance he needed. "I couldn't ask for anything more, except (completing Saturday's hat trick against the Rangers)," Mitchell said after his three-point, plus-four night in the 5-2 win.
Analysis: Mitchell, who led the AHL Marlies in goals in the regular season and playoffs last year, worked his way up from the fourth line to a regular gig between Jason Blake and Alex Steen. After taking a penalty with the Leafs down 2-0 in the third vs. New York Saturday, he made up for the mistake with two eagle-eye goals to key the Leafs' comeback. He credited his father for nagging him to go across the street and work on shooting drills as a youngster in the Toronto suburbs. "He just told me to go and get shots," Mitchell said. "He always harped on me, got on my case. I tried to do it as much as I could, and it helped out." Mitchell also had an assist Saturday and finished at plus-4. He has five points in 11 games in his rookie season and is quickly emerging as a favorite for Wilson. Consider Mitchell a low-end Fantasy forward at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange reports rookie C John Mitchell was elevated from the fourth line to an offensive combo with LW Niklas Hagman and C Mikhail Grabovski and played his best game overall Tuesday against the Lightning despite not having a point. "I tried to give myself the opportunity to shoot more pucks," Mitchell said. "It gave me the chance to play with a skill set, cycle the puck lower and get more ice time."
Analysis: Mitchell has an assist in nine games this season. The former fifth-round pick has spent most of his career in the AHL and will likely be bounced around all season. He has little to no Fantasy value.
News: Maple Leafs RW Alexei Ponikarovsky was taken off the first line with C Nik Antropov and LW Jason Blake on Saturday against the Penguins for the second consecutive game, replaced by rookie John Mitchell. It could be the prelude for Ponikarovsky being knocked right out of the lineup by coach Ron Wilson.
Analysis: Mitchell has an assist in five games this season. He played 17 minutes Saturday. The former fifth-round pick has spent most of his career in the AHL and will likely be bounced around all season. He has little to no Fantasy value.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs sent Robbie Earl, Chris Harrington, John Mitchell and Jaime Sifers to their minor league affiliate, the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Analysis: Earl might get a look some time later in the season, but he is the only player with any semblance of long-term Fantasy appeal of this group.