John Mitchell C COL 17 Days

Mitchell captured an assist in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.The Avs' third-line center has been a functional depth forward with six goals and 17 points in 41 games, but those outputs probably won't impress most fantasy owners. Things don't seem to be trending in a positive direction for Mitchell, either, as the assist marked his first point in five games.

John Mitchell C COL 1 Month

Mitchell supplied an assist and four hits in Thursday's win over the Panthers.

Mitchell has been a surprising source of points lately for the Avalanche, tallying two goals and three assists over his last six games. His career numbers suggests he's closer to a half-point per game player, however, so unless he ascends to a top-six role, it may be tough for him to sustain this scoring run.

John Mitchell C COL 2 Months

Mitchell helped out on both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.

The Avs struck twice in the first 77 seconds of this game, and Mitchell was right in the middle of that offense, ending a five-game scoreless drought during which he'd gone minus-6. With just 11 points in 26 contests, his fantasy value is limited to very deep leagues -- preferably those that give credit for his 64 hits.

John Mitchell C COL 2 Months

Mitchell (leg) contributed a goal, assist, two PIM and four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres.

Just for good measure, Mitchell laid two hits and blocked three shots defensively, making for a strong all-around outing in his return from injured reserve. He's been a quality depth center for the Avs over the last two seasons, but injury issues have somewhat limited his overall impact.

John Mitchell C COL 2 Months

Mitchell (leg) will be activated from injured reserve in advance of Saturday's game against the Sabres, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell is set to center the Avs' third line, with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla flanking him on the wings. Injury issues have limited Mitchell to 17 of a possible 31 games this season, with the 29-year-old contributing six points over those contests.

John Mitchell C COL 2 Months

Mitchell (leg) will not return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell's participation in Wednesday's practice looked like it would be enough to ensure his return to the lineup, but the team will give him a little more time to regain some conditioning. He's still expected to play in one or both of the remaining two games on the Avs' road trip.

John Mitchell C COL 3 Months

Mitchell (leg) is probable to return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell resumed skating with the team last Friday and seems to be on track to get in a full practice or two by the time the Avalanche play their next game. He would likely slot in as the Avs' third-line center if he's indeed activated prior to Thursday's contest.

John Mitchell C COL 3 Months

Mitchell (leg) joined his teammates on the ice for a limited portion of Friday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It doesn't appear Mitchell has been cleared for contact work, but his appearance during the practice nonetheless qualifies as a positive sign. The Avalanche don't yet have a timetable for his return.

John Mitchell C COL 3 Months

The Avalanche placed Mitchell (leg) on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Nov. 29.

Mitchell has already been sidelined over a week, so he will be eligible to resume playing whenever he is healthy. However, his return does not appear imminent, so the Avalanche decided to place on injured reserve in order to open a roster spot for Dennis Everberg.

John Mitchell C COL 3 Months

Mitchell (leg) will miss his third straight game Tuesday against the Predators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It sounds like the Avalanche are viewing Mitchell as out indefinitely at this time, providing little clarity as to when he might be able to return to the lineup. The Avalanche have recalled Paul Carey and Borna Rendulic over the last two games to help round out their forward corps.