Mitchell is a versatile forward who offers a little of everything: scoring, checking, shot-blocking, penalty-killing and an ability to play multiple positions.
A fifth-round draft pick (No. 158) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2003 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Mitchell spent three seasons honing his game in the American Hockey League before joining the Maple Leafs for the 2008-09 season. He had two hits and a blocked shot and won his only faceoff in his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2008 in Detroit against the Red Wings. Mitchell's first NHL goal came in another Original Six matchup when he scored two goals and three points in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers on Nov. 1, 2008.