With Martin Havlat still hurting, Todd McLellan has been doing some experimenting with the vacancy on the Sharks second line. First, it was Tommy Wingels skating with Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe in the Sharks first two games.
McLellan must not have liked that combo, however, as Wingels was a healthy scratch on Saturday against St. Louis. Instead, it was Torrey Mitchell who got promoted, so to speak. Mitchell played the first two games on the third line.
Mitchell looked comfortable and even registered an assist on Brent Burns goal in the second period.
It felt good, obviously, with two really good players, he said after the 4-2 loss to the Blues. Whenever a guy like me gets a chance like that I try to take advantage of the opportunity.
I liked Mitchey up there, said McLellan. I thought he gave that line some speed, and I thought he was on pucks. Mitchey did what Mitchey is supposed to do. He plays a simple game and plays with some speed.
Its a big year for Mitchell, who is in the last year of his contract before hell be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Absolutely. I want to put up points and score goals. Me and Michal Handzus on the third line is going to be important for us down the road, not just shutting teams down but scoring big goals and creating momentum for the team.
So, yeah, definitely a big year for me.