PIERRE LEBRUN OF ESPN TALKS TO & ABOUT WILLIE MITCHELL
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — When you see them on the ice together as a pairing, you wonder if you aren’t watching the makings of one of the NHL’s great defensive tandems for the 2010-11 season.
Free-agent newcomer Willie Mitchell was again skating alongside blueliner phenom Drew Doughty at Kings training camp Monday, a fit that makes so much sense.
“Mitchell and Doughty — I really like the look,” Kings coach Terry Murray said Monday between on-ice sessions at the team’s practice facility. “A great veteran player in Mitchell, a defensive guy who’s really a solid character person, is going to help push Doughty along.”
Mitchell, the towering, shutdown D-man, plus Doughty, the offensive wizard and puck mover and … voila! You have the Kings’ top pairing.