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Mitchell (head) christened his return from injured reserve Thursday against the Senators with a shorthanded goal in the first period.

Mitchell saw 13:02 of ice time in his season debut, winning eight of his 14 faceoffs. He began the game on the Avs' fourth line, but it didn't take long for coach Patrick Roy to elevate him up to the third line by game's end. Though not a prominent scorer, Mitchell has been able to deliver a goal in his first game of the season for three years running.

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Mitchell (head) will be activated from injured reserve and play Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell would be used as either a center or wing on the first line in his season debut. Mitchell thrived as the Avs' third-line center of choice last season with 32 points and a plus-13 rating over 75 games, but the additions of Jarome Iginla, Dennis Everberg and a healthy Alex Tanguay to the Avs' top-nine forward ranks could relegate Mitchell to checking-line duty until further notice.

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Mitchell (head) could play Thursday against the Senators.

Mitchell has been dealing with migraines the last several weeks, but he has been cleared to play by team doctors, and could take the ice as soon as Thursday. Mitchell should play soon if he does not Thursday, but expect an update on his status whenever he officially comes off injured reserve.

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Mitchell (migraines) skated at practice on Wednesday and is feeling better but according to head coach Patrick Roy, Mitchell is unlikely to play in Colorado's season opener and may miss time beyond that, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports.

Mitchell notched a career high in assists and points last season and is expected to be on the third line this year. Unless there is an injury, Mitchell will not be a top-six player for Colorado or see much power-play time. Mitchell is generally used for non-fantasy situations like killing penalties so his fantasy value is not very high but he could be a good choice in deeper leagues.

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Mitchell's participation in training camp could be limited in the early going while he deals with migraines, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.

The Avalanche have already announced that the migraines aren't related to the Apr. 11 concussion the center suffered, knocking him out of the remainder of the postseason. While that sounds like a bit of fortunate news, Mitchell could still be held out of the team's first few preseason games as a precaution. Mitchell is likely poised to open the regular season as the team's third-line center.

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John Mitchell will not play Saturday night in Game 5 against the Wild.

He is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms, and although he is feeling better overall, he is not close to returning to action.

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John Mitchell (concussion) may resume exercises soon.

He didn't skate Monday, but he is on the trip with his teammates and coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell was feeling better. He's still probably out for the first round of the playoffs and his return is unclear.

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John Mitchell (concussion) is unlikely to play during the first round of the playoffs.

Coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell isn't close to being able to return. He hasn't been able to resume work on a stationary bike yet. Mitchell has been out of action since Apr. 10.

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John Mitchell (concussion) might be able to return before the end of the first round.

Of course, given that it's a concussion we're talking about, any timetable needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Mitchell wasn't able to participate in Colorado's final two games of the regular season.

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John Mitchell has been diagnosed with a concussion.

He isn't expected to be ready to play when the playoffs begin. Mitchell missed Colorado's last two games of the regular season after complaining of headaches on Friday.