Colorado Avalanche Projected Stats: Centers

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Oct 12, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell (7) shoots the puck during warm ups prior to the Avalanche game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Mitchell


GP: 68
G: 11
A: 15
P: 26
PIM: 32
+/-: -9

As opposed to Cliche, John Mitchell can actually contribute offensively. With MacKinnon and Jamie McGinn injured, Mitchell spent a good amount of time on Duchene’s left wing last season, proving that he has the offensive skill to succeed in a middle-six role.

His 11 goals and 26 points aren’t outstanding, but they are solid for a Mitchell-type player. Lead the bottom six, and fill in on the top lines, if injuries open spots.


GP: 82
G: 13
A: 17
P: 30
PIM: 30
+/-: -2

The Colorado Avalanche brought in Grigorenko and Soderberg, who have a chance of centering the second and third line, respectively. That puts Mitchell in an awkward position, despite his recent success.

If everything works out the way Roy wants it, we will find Mitchell on the fourth line on opening night, filling his usual role. If injuries open up spots, he will move up the lineup. The only other chance to move up would be if he moves to the wing once again. Either way, he has a chance to hit 30 points again.

Next: Mikhail Grigorenko