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RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD JOHN MITCHELL
Mitchell, 26, skated in 24 contests with the Connecticut Whale and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Rangers from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on February 28, 2011. Mitchell tallied the game-winning goal with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation, and added an assist while making his Connecticut debut on March 2 vs. Springfield. He registered seven goals and five assists in 14 games with Connecticut. His plus-eight rating ranked third among all Whale skaters. In the playoffs, Mitchell tied for the Whale lead with three goals and six points in six contests. He also ranked second on Connecticut with two power play goals. In addition, Mitchell recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season prior to his trade.
Mitchell has registered 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 159 career regular season contests in three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a rookie in 2008-09, he established career-highs in games played (76), goals (12), assists (17), points (29), penalty minutes (33), power play goals (two), and shots on goal (98). Mitchell made his NHL debut on October 9, 2008 at Detroit, and registered his first career point with an assist on October 13 vs. St. Louis. On November 1, 2008, he recorded a career-high, three points (two goals, one assist), including his first career goal, and posted a career-high, plus-four rating vs. the Rangers.
The 6-1, 204-pounder has skated in 229 career AHL contests in five seasons with the Connecticut Whale and St. Johns Maple Leafs/Toronto Marlies, registering 49 goals and 72 assists for 121 points, along with 136 penalty minutes. Mitchell established AHL career-highs in games played (79), goals (20), assists (31), points (51), penalty minutes (56), and shots on goal (167) during the 2007-08 season. He posted AHL career-highs with four assists and a plus-five rating on April 9, 2008 vs. Chicago. Mitchell made his professional debut on April 3, 2005 at Rochester. In addition, Mitchell has registered 11 goals and seven assists in 27 career AHL playoff games with the Whale and Marlies.
The Oakville, Ontario native was originally selected as Toronto’s fifth round choice, 158th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Last month, news broke that the Rangers would qualify center John Mitchell, who was acquired at the trade deadline in February for a 2012 7th round draft pick. Today, Mitchell has officially re-signed with the Rangers, giving them depth at the center position in case of injury. Mitchell had 17 points in 24 games after coming over from Toronto, and impressed the front office staff enough to qualify and eventually re-sign him.
Mitchell will likely be a depth player and an AHL guy for the Rangers.
Mitchell is a restricted free agent, but Schoenfeld said he would be qualified and given a chance to make the Rangers in training camp.
“I was really happy with him,” Schoenfeld said. “Here’s a guy that had a knee injury and missed seven weeks and then broke his foot (in Hartford), so one thing that was hurt was his conditioning. And yet he’s a big body (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) with skill, and he’s competitive and intelligent. So this is a very important summer for him in terms of his commitment to conditioning. He’ll get a real good look as far as becoming a Ranger.”
A QO for Mitchell will be in the amount of $761,250. Because Mitchell did not clear waivers last season, did not play 60 games last season, and did not play 180 games in the past three seasons, he is able to be presented with a two-way QO. Mitchell was acquired at the trade deadline this past season in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2012 draft. If Mitchell makes the team, it will likely be as either the fourth line center or a 13th forward.
Considering where Mitchell would fit in for the team, it looks like he will essentially be replacing Chris Drury. All signs still point to the Rangers captain being bought out.