Thursday, March 10, 2011

Willie Mitchell

Sent: 12/30/10
Received: 3/10/11
Time: 70 Days
Address: c/o Los Angeles Kings
Item Sent: 2003-04 Upper Deck, 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro
Item Received: 2003-04 Upper Deck, 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro.  Both signed in thin black Sharpie.

One of former GM Doug Risebrough's great moves during the Minnesota Wild's early days came during the trade deadline of the Wild's inaugural 2000-01 season when he sent Sean O'Donnell to New Jersey for young blueline prospect Willie Mitchell.  A large, physical stay-at-home type, Mitchell established himself as a legitimate top-four defenseman and was one of the biggest contributors to the Wild's surprise run to the 2003 Western Conference Finals.  After a brief stint in Dallas and a long stay in Vancouver, Mitchell has now joined an impressive corps of d-men in Los Angeles, led by young stars Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.  He was always one of my favorite Wild players.  This is a very cool return.  Thanks, Willie!

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