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Willie Mitchell | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
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Willie Mitchell is expected to provide Florida's defense with leadership and it's thought that he'll help the club's penalty kill as well.
"He sets a real good example with his experience and knowledge of the NHL and I'm sure he had an impact on those players," assistant coach Mark Morris said. "He's the consummate professional, takes care of his body and is real serious about his job." The Panthers have plenty of young defenders and Mitchell's presence should help Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson, Aaron Ekblad, Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic. Sep 26 - 9:28 AM

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The Florida Panthers have signed Willie Mitchell.

It's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. Mitchell doesn't do enough offensively to make him noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a top-four defenseman that will bring a wealth of playoff experience to the Florida Panthers.
Jul 1 - 5:02 PM

Willie Mitchell will officially end his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Mitchell is becoming an unrestricted free agent because the Kings determined that they didn't have enough room left in their budget for him. "It was a little tough to take," Mitchell said. "It's like one of those girlfriends you had before you got married who just kind of rejected you." Mitchell did want to stay to try and win a third championship in four years and further the talk of the Kings becoming a modern dynasty. Instead he'll take his experience to another team.
Jul 1 - 10:09 AM

Willie Mitchell won't be back with the Los Angeles Kings next season.

The 37-year-old rearguard will test the market as an unrestricted free agent next week. The Kings have six defensemen who are signed for at least the 2014-15 campaign, with Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez and Matt Greene patrolling the back end. Mitchell is also seeking a two-year deal, which Los Angeles couldn't accommodate.
Jun 26 - 6:44 PM

Willie Mitchell, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to extend his career.

Mitchell missed the 2013 campaign, so he's won the Stanley Cup in each of the last two seasons he's participated in. It might be tempted to retire at the age of 37 on that note, but that's not what he's interested in doing. Mitchell isn't sure if he'll end up re-signing with the Kings though as the team might decide to go in a different direction.
Jun 18 - 10:33 AM

Getting off to a strong start will be important for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Although the Kings have already demonstrated that they can overcome a deficit against the New York Rangers, they want to take the Rangers out of this game early. "You don't want to give them any confidence whatsoever," Willie Mitchell said. The Kings are one win away from capturing the Stanley Cup.
Jun 11 - 12:31 PM

The King have been thankful to have Willie Mitchell back in the fold, especially come playoff time, after he missed the entire lockout-shortened season because of two knee surgeries.

"We missed him last year, him being out," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "It changed the dynamic of the back end. Where I think he makes a very big difference, obviously, is his defensive coverage, [on the penalty kill]. He's very hard to play against down low. You know, [Saturday] you get an added bonus with him making a difference on the offensive side of the puck. His bread and butter is down low and PK." He also chipped in offensively in Game 2 against New York with a goal and an assist. Mitchell is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the year. If this is his last season with Los Angeles then you know he'd like to end it with a Stanley Cup.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 9 - 11:14 AM

Willie Mitchell scored his first goal of this postseason in the Kings’ 5-4 double-overtime win against the Rangers in Game 2.

Mitchell drilled a shot on the power play at 14:39 of the second period to cut the New York lead to 3-2. Seconds later, Mitchell mishandled a puck from Jonathan Quick behind the net, directly leading to a Rangers goal. The veteran then launched another shot in the second overtime that was redirected past Henrik Lundqvist by Dustin Brown. Mitchell played 34:14, and he now has as many goals in the postseason as he tallied all regular season.
Jun 8 - 12:22 AM

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell was what TSN analyst Scott Cullen described as "a possession beast" in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and Los Angeles coaches hope he'll do more of the same in Game 2 Saturday night.

Mitchell was on for 25 5-on-5 shot attempts for and 10 against (71.4%) Wednesday night, while the Kings only had 42.9% of the 5-on-5 shots when Mitchell was off the ice. In score close situations, the Kings earned 55.4% of unblocked even-strength shots on goal. Mitchell also had five shots on goal for the first time in a game since January 2012.
Source: tsn.ca
Jun 7 - 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Kings made a tweak of their own for Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, bringing in Willie Mitchell for Matt Greene.

Mitchell had been sidelined since Game 6 of the Kings' first-round series against the San Jose Sharks. Aside from making life subtly easier for Jonathan Quick, this shouldn't have many fantasy implications.
May 18 - 3:23 PM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) skated in Saturday's practice.

That's the second day in a row for the defenseman who has not played since Game 6 in the first round. Coach Darryl Sutter stated that when Mitchell and the medical staff come to him to say that the blueliner is ready to go, then he will decide. Stay tuned.
Source: LAKings.com
May 18 - 9:00 AM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) will not return for Game 7 of the Kings' second round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Mitchell participated in the Kings' Friday morning skate though, so he's progressing. He hasn't played since April 28.
May 16 - 4:54 PM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) skated by himself before practice on Tuesday morning.

It was the first time he took to the ice since leaving Game 6 in the first round against San Jose. Mitchell is still unlikely to play in Game 6 versus the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
May 13 - 5:15 PM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) is slated to miss his third straight game on Monday.

Mitchell has been replaced on the Kings blueline by Matt Greene. There is no word as to when he will be able to return. Mitchell has one assist, 11 hits and nine blocked shots in six post-season games this season.
May 5 - 8:16 AM

Coach Darryl Sutter has confirmed that Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) won't play Saturday night.

He wasn't able to suit up against San Jose in Game 7 and he wasn't expected to be available when Round 2 began. Mitchell has one assist, 11 hits and nine blocks in six playoff games in 2014.
May 3 - 1:48 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Nick Bjugstad
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Brandon Pirri
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Tomas Kopecky
4Shawn Thornton
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Brian Campbell
2Dmitry Kulikov
3Erik Gudbranson
4Willie Mitchell
5Dylan Olsen
6Alex Petrovic
7Aaron Ekblad
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya