Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Training Camp Battles

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Colorado Avalanche Battle #3

Mikhail Grigorenko vs. John Mitchell

Nov 4, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell (7) before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center. The Canucks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Mikhail Grigorenko will clearly have a hard time fighting for a roster spot this summer, even though he should have one guaranteed somewhere. Next up on hist list of opponents will be John Mitchell. Mitchell has been the Avalanche’s third-line center for a while now, while also functioning in a “do whatever the coach says” role.

For the upcoming season, his spot could be in danger, though. Assuming that Soderberg and Grigorenko occupy the second and third-line center positions, Mitchell would have to drop down to the fourth line — and who would like that.

Mitchell’s role with the team is uncertain at this point, but he will do everything in his power to stay where he is. If things go very wrong for Grigorenko, he could end up on the fourth line, with Mitchell doing his regular job.

Another possibility would be for one of the two to move to the wing, while perhaps playing on the same line. But who wants to be the guy moving out of his regular position?

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