• Avs' Mitchell Notches PPP In Loss

    News: John Mitchell dished out an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Sharks.
    Analysis: John Mitchell's assist was of the power play variety, giving the forward an assist, a power-play point, five hits and skated to a minus-2 rating in Wednesday's loss to San Jose. The assist is Mitchell's third point in the last four games, however, the forward's overall production in the stat sheet has been limited despite an increase in ice time over the past couple of weeks.
  • Avs' Mitchell Gets Goal In Second Straight

    News: John Mitchell tallied a goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres, marking the second straight game he's found twine.
    Analysis: John Mitchell has been seeing more frequent top-six minutes of late, making him a bit more interesting in the fantasy realm. However, until he maintains the level of production he's shown over the last two games for a longer period of time, Mitchell probably won't notice a massive surge in his ownership rates.
  • Avs' Mitchell Tallies Game-Winner Saturday

    News: John Mitchell scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's triumph over the Flames.
    Analysis: Usually deployed on the Avs' second or third line, John Mitchell typically hasn't been an overwhelming source of offense, but certainly game through Saturday. He's a decent all-around player (21 points, 115 hits, 30 PIM, and a minus-8 rating over 55 games), though he's doesn't stand out in any one category to increase his value in the fantasy realm.
  • Avs' Mitchell Records Assist In Loss

    News: John Mitchell captured an assist in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: The Avs' third-line center has been a functional depth forward with six goals and 17 points in 41 games, but those outputs probably won't impress most fantasy owners. Things don't seem to be trending in a positive direction for John Mitchell, either, as the assist marked his first point in five games.
  • Points Trickling In For Avs' Mitchell

    News: John Mitchell supplied an assist and four hits in Thursday's win over the Panthers.
    Analysis: John Mitchell has been a surprising source of points lately for the Avalanche, tallying two goals and three assists over his last six games. His career numbers suggests he's closer to a half-point per game player, however, so unless he ascends to a top-six role, it may be tough for him to sustain this scoring run.
  • Avs' Mitchell Tallies Two Helpers

    News: John Mitchell helped out on both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: The Avs struck twice in the first 77 seconds of this game, and John Mitchell was right in the middle of that offense, ending a five-game scoreless drought during which he'd gone minus-6. With just 11 points in 26 contests, his fantasy value is limited to very deep leagues -- preferably those that give credit for his 64 hits.
  • Avs' Mitchell Gets Two Points In First Game Back

    News: John Mitchell (leg) contributed a goal, assist, two PIM and four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
    Analysis: Just for good measure, John Mitchell laid two hits and blocked three shots defensively, making for a strong all-around outing in his return from injured reserve. He's been a quality depth center for the Avs over the last two seasons, but injury issues have somewhat limited his overall impact.
  • Avs Activating Mitchell (Leg) From IR

    News: John Mitchell (leg) will be activated from injured reserve in advance of Saturday's game against the Sabres, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: John Mitchell is set to center the Avs' third line, with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla flanking him on the wings. Injury issues have limited Mitchell to 17 of a possible 31 games this season, with the 29-year-old contributing six points over those contests.
  • Avs' Mitchell To Be Held Out Thursday

    News: John Mitchell (leg) will not return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: John Mitchell's participation in Wednesday's practice looked like it would be enough to ensure his return to the lineup, but the team will give him a little more time to regain some conditioning. He's still expected to play in one or both of the remaining two games on the Avs' road trip.
  • Avs' Mitchell Probable For Thursday

    News: John Mitchell (leg) is probable to return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: John Mitchell resumed skating with the team last Friday and seems to be on track to get in a full practice or two by the time the Avalanche play their next game. He would likely slot in as the Avs' third-line center if he's indeed activated prior to Thursday's contest.