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Willie Mitchell | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 4/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
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Captain Willie Mitchell returned to the Panthers' lineup on Saturday night against the NY Islanders.
The veteran blue liner Mitchell had missed the last 16 games, limiting him to just 49 for the season. He's accumulated just five points, 17 PIMs, 73 hits, and 113 blocks during that time. Mar 7 - 7:41 PM

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Willie Mitchell (flu) has been activated off injured reserve by the Florida Panthers.

Many believed that Mitchell would be returning from an upper-body injury on Thursday but he remained out because of flu-like symptoms. The 37-year-old has now missed 16 consecutive games because of the ailments. Mitchell has two goals and five points in 49 games this season.
Mar 7 - 5:45 PM

Willie Mitchell (flu) will probably return on Saturday.

Mitchell was ready to return from an upper-body injury on Thursday, but that he ultimately remained on the sidelines due to the disease. He has two goals and five points in 49 contests this season.
Mar 7 - 10:41 AM

Willie Mitchell won't play Thursday night because he's feeling under the weather.

His return from an upper-body injury has been put on hold because of flu-like symptoms.
Mar 5 - 5:39 PM

Willie Mitchell will be back in the lineup Thursday from an upper-body injury.

He has been absent for the last 15 games. Mitchell has five points and 113 blocked shots in 49 games this season.
Mar 5 - 4:34 PM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) will not return on Tuesday as he initially hoped.

Mitchell has five points in 49 games in 2014-15. He's now hoping to return on Thursday instead. He hasn't played since Feb. 3.
Mar 3 - 12:10 PM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) traveled with the Panthers as they prepare for the start of a five-game road trip on Tuesday.

He practiced with the team on Monday and he's skated for four straight days. Mitchell has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury.
Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) has sat out four straight games.

It's believed that he's close to being able to return and he could be back next week. Mitchell has five points in 49 games and he leads the Panthers with 113 blocked shots.
Feb 13 - 9:09 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) might miss Florida's next two games.

That would keep him out of Sunday's game versus Nashville and Tuesday's tilt with Anaheim. He wasn't able to play Thursday against Los Angeles after he was injured on Tuesday. Florida recalled Steven Kampfer from the minors to take Mitchell's spot on the roster.
Feb 6 - 11:12 AM

Willie Mitchell won't play Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

He won't get to suit up against his former Los Angeles teammates. Mitchell has five points, 73 hits and 113 blocks in 49 games this season with the Panthers.
Feb 5 - 5:56 PM

Willie Mitchell isn't giving up hope that the Panthers can still get back into the playoff hunt.

"We are still right there," Mitchell said. "We have a lot of work to do, but every team has a part of their season where things fall off a little bit. That will happen to the teams in front of us. It has to be about us and what we're doing. We need to play the way we know we can." Florida trails Boston by nine points and Washington by eight for the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. However, the Panthers do have three games in hand.
Feb 2 - 10:49 AM

Willie Mitchell leads the Panthers with 76 blocked shots.

That's more than double the total rookie Aaron Ekblad, who sits second on Florida with 36 blocks. Mitchell has also posted 51 hits and two points in 32 games. He's provided the Panthers with leadership and has helped them become stingier defensively, but his fantasy value is very limited.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 06:31:00 AM

The Florida Panthers were not impressed with Pittsburgh's antics on Saturday night.

"They were throwing punches after whistles and went hard to the net, forcing us to protect our goalie," said Willie Mitchell, who got into one of Florida’s five fights in the first half of the game. "The linesmen would come in and their guys threw punches over the pile. We’re not going to take them in the face so we pushed back. Some guys over there get a long leash from the league." The two teams will meet again on Monday.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Willie Mitchell will be back in Los Angeles to face his former Kings teammates on Tuesday night.

"I never had that [resentment]," said Mitchell, who was permitted to test free agency in the summer. "I know how this game works. It's not the first time I haven't been signed by the team; it's not the first time I've been traded. I enjoyed my four years there. I gave a lot and the Kings gave a lot to me. I'm fortunate enough I got a couple of silver things in my time there. I'll be nervous for sure, but it'll be good seeing familiar faces." He will receive his Stanley Cup ring in a private meeting before the game.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:07:00 AM

The Florida Panthers extended their losing streak to three games after their loss to Calgary on Saturday.

Panthers' captain Willie Mitchell wasn't pleased with his team's effort in the game. "That was a horse [expletive] game by us," said Mitchell. ""It’s not our [style of] game. We’re too young a hockey club, and as you evolve maybe you can play more offensive. The best teams in the league don’t play in 6-4 shootouts. That’s not how it’s done." Florida is now 4-4-4 this season.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:25:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Brad Boyes
3Jimmy Hayes
4Scottie Upshall
5Tomas Kopecky
6Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Willie Mitchell
5Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya