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Fantasy Summary

A smart, smooth skating, offensive defenseman has all the tools to be a future top four pairing. A comparison within the organization is Duncan Keith.


Observations

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July 2022 – This past season Mitchell has taken positive steps towards becoming a serious candidate for making the Chicago Blackhawks defensive lineup. Although he may have played fewer games in the NHL as opposed to last season, it is exactly what he needed to build his confidence and help him be calmer and less anxious in the defensive zone. The 23-year-old was encouraged to go back to the basics and simplify his game. The previous Blackhawks management threw Mitchell into the NHL too fast, as it has done with a few other players on the team, which resulted in slowing down his progress. Mitchell played a total of eight games with one point and spent most of his season in the AHL with the Icehogs where he played 57 games and put up 11 goals and 24 assists. Mitchell was named the Defenseman of the year by the Rockford Icehogs. By taking a step back Mitchell has been able to strengthen his game. He will need a strong training camp to make his case for this coming season. Puneet Sharma

October 2020 – Training camp cannot come quick enough for the former second round pick in 2017. Fresh off signing a new contract, Mitchell will be looking to bring his overall solid game straight to the NHL. Do not bet against him. Tony Carr

 

April 2020 – More help for the Blackhawks defense is on the way as they have signed Mitchell to a three-year entry-level contract. The captain of the University of Denver will forgo his senior season to turn pro. Hawks fans are breathing a sigh of relief with this signing, as most thought it would have happened last season. Mitchell brings an all-around solid game and will have an inside track to make the opening day roster. The Hawks defense core is getting younger but now is the time to get these youngsters some valuable minutes. Tony Carr

 

February 2019 – This is becoming a season of accolades for the sophomore defenceman. Playing out of the university of Denver, Mitchell was named to Team Canada for the WJC where he played a solid tournament in all areas. Next was a Hobey Baker nomination, the award given to the top US college hockey player. Finally, Mitchell was named an NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) Distinguished Scholar Athlete. All of this points towards many positive steps in his overall development. Tony Carr

 

December 2018 – Mitchell is having a great season at the University of Denver and has been named to Team Canada’s preliminary roster for the upcoming world junior hockey championships. An alternate captain for the Pioneers, Mitchell will looked upon to add leadership to the Canadian roster. Tony Carr

 

August 2018 – Mitchell impressed at the prospect camp held in July. He was able to show off his elite level shooting and his developing physical play during the scrimmages and drills. Expectations are high for the 2017 second rounder, who will be entering his second season with the University of Denver in the fall. Tony Carr

 

February 2018 – Mitchell has taken his considerable skill set to the University of Denver where he has continued to control play using his great skating. Named Bauer NCHC Defenseman of the Week (Jan. 22, 2018), he is piling up points in his freshman season, currently sitting with 22 in 28 games played. In order to make the transition to professional hockey, Mitchell will need to work harder in his own zone while defending. This would be the weakest point of his game although he is far advanced when compared against his peers due to his excellent skating and positioning.  Tony Carr

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.8
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 18, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 57

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Team Brick Alberta Brick Invitational5 2 13 0|Playoffs2 1 12
 2012-2013 Spruce Grove PAC Saints U15 AAAAEHL U1529 1 1011 14|        
 2013-2014 Spruce Grove PAC Saints U15 AAAAEHL U1524 4 1721 26|Playoffs5 1 67
  Team Northwest Alberta Cup5 2 13 12|        
 2014-2015 Team Alberta CWG6 1 34 2|        
  St. Albert Raiders U18 AAAAEHL U1827 1 1011 6|Playoffs1 0 00
  Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL2 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Team Gold U17-Dev