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Willie Mitchell  #33

Florida Panthers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: April 23, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Port Mcneill, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: NJD / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (199th overall)

PLAYOFFS: Two points (1-1=2) June 7 vs. NYR...Six hits May 30 vs. CHI...Assist May 24 vs. CHI...Assist April 24 vs. SJ.

REGULAR SEASON: Led the Kings in blocked shots (128)…Selected as Kings nominee for the 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy...Kings are 117-64-28 all-time when he’s in the lineup (43-25-8 this season)...Two assists March 29 vs. WPG...Played in 200th game as a King March 24 at PHI...Goal Jan. 20 at BOS (first goal since March 28, 2012 (50 games).

SJHL First All-Star Team (1997) SJHL Top Defenseman Award (1997) ECAC Second All-Star Team (1998) ECAC Rookie of the Year (1998) (co-winner - Erik Cole) ECAC First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1999) Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey for Sean O'Donnell, March 4, 2001. Traded to Dallas by Minnesota with Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Nico Saccheti) in 2007 Entry Draft for Martin Skoula and Shawn Belle, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 25, 2010. Missed 2012-13 due to recurring knee injury and resulting surgery, January 18, 2013.
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I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being drafted by the Coyotes