Torrey Mitchell is a player whose impact in a game is never apparent in the box score. Mitchell is a player who adds grit, a strong penalty kill presence, and a burst of energy deep in the lineup. Last season, Mitchell only scored 1 goal and 8 assists in 58 games for the Minnesota Wild before being a part of a trade to the Buffalo Sabres that brought over Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick.
The Wild signed Mitchell on July 1, 2012 on deal for three years worth $5.7 million. Mitchell was coming off a 9 goal, 10 assist season with San Jose prior to the Wild signing him. He was brought over as a depth forward who could aid on the penalty kill and provide a Stephane Veilleux-like presence the Wild were looking for.
Mitchell played limited minutes on the 4th line, but was a very entertaining player to watch when he was on the ice. He skated hard and provided a lot of energy that seemed to flow through the other lines that, in a lot of situations, created a flurry of scoring opportunities for the Wild. Mitchell also created havoc in front of the net by blocking the opposing net-minder and clearing room for his line-mates for better scoring chances.
Although Torrey’s time in Minnesota wasn’t as long as planned, he was a player that was greatly appreciated by the fans, and a player who will always be a great asset to any team he is apart of.
Check out Torrey’s goal from the 2013-2014 season.
#1 11/03/13 vs. New Jersey Devils NJD 0 – MIN 4
This goal was the product of the Wild’s classic top line trio, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Torrey Mitchell? Mitchell’s only goal in a Wild uniform naturally comes on a line he didn’t really play on and off of his chest. But he “didn’t request a trade” because his offensive potential was under utilized. Loved him on the PK, but this isn’t the only goal you want to score over a 58-game stretch.