Who is the next Willie Mitchell?
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12-08-2012, 02:06 PM
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For those who don't know his story, Mitchell was a shutdown specialist defensemen that Vancouver couldn't or chose not to re-sign.
Wouldn't offer him more than 1 year. L.A. did.
Los Angeles signed him and got approximately 2 times the player they paid for...
They paid $3.5m/yr.. So you're suggesting Mitchell has played like a $7m defenseman?
both a great defensive defenseman and some PMD plus offensive defenseman as well.
Mitchell is not, has never been, and won't ever be an offensive or 'puck moving' defenseman. His job is to get the puck to his partner and let them move it up ice.
There have been many times he was the best defenseman on our team, our #1 even better than the vaunted Doughty and Johnson.
Being better than Johnson is easy. Career AHLers are better than him.
Basically no one thought he was THAT good. And he isn't a young guy like Wayne Simmonds who just hadn't played in the NHL yet.
No, people knew he was good. He was pretty injury prone, but widely regarded as a solid defenseman and a clear cut top-4 on any team in the league.
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