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02-01-2013, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by CM Lundqvist View Post
Like I said, he gave him too many minutes. He was a 4th liner and a good one at that, but you can't keep giving him crazy minutes like that. He was gritty like sand paper and had decent hands, responsible defensively, pretty good on faceoffs.

It was just an annoyance that he was playing 12+ minutes a game at times when we were struggling to score goals.
I think people look at Mitchell's excessive stickhandling/holding onto puck as a negative. However, I think it's a brilliant strategy to utilize. More time with puck on stick means less possession time for the other team. When Mitchell was on ice, his puck possession skills helped to hem teams in their own end. Look at the Kreider goal in game 3 v s. the Devils as reference. This is more valuable to me than thugs like Rupp and Asham being only good at punching other players.

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