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Willie Mitchell discusses his season past and present.
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O'Leary -- what I mean for you hurt us a personal level what a difference a year makes -- mean you must just. And just be excited just to be here in the White House yeah. Really excited. Playing on slavery and -- -- kind of you know you start getting ready for the first gave me kind of -- excitement. Last year Anderson watches election -- vs kings and that's tough it was really difficult and just fortunate here and amateurs. Play for the ultimate prize that played many street hockey games four and look at Purdue -- and started. Willie despite the fact that Vancouver have the best record in the NHL. We kind of hope that maybe you face them in the first on the play after former team. My wife is -- book that Iowa is. I definitely thought about it. You know they got a lot of good things going on in his -- -- and you know -- -- a big part for four years with -- also. Your competitors and -- there is popular totaled all of. We want to play against and I think we match up fairly well against them to just because. You know the history of last year I think I was given the -- motivate the players love him. There's no easy. Competitors no easy teams in San Jose's -- -- -- us. And realistically. Lucky. That you face the Sharks and you got some help for that because. Just the mere fact of travel and how to you know going out through customs and all it takes a lot of how do you guys considering how how much word terror against. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I was in Vancouver -- -- Ellison. We had some of those marathon games -- went three for over cars and we're traveling you know four plus hours and dollars. We went seven games. And the next round we we actually played Anaheim and we deserve a chance just because of that travel and the wear and -- Went -- about it. It's it's -- benefit you know the short travel in San Wednesday. That being said we're plan more hottest best teams in the NHL and that's going to be. It's short for us we have to work I don't really respect him as a team things -- do well coached. But we feel. In playoff hockey suits ourselves Clinton -- games and we're. Did you get the playoff yours started early a little bit earlier than other guys I -- five days -- really. But in the restaurants that I feel again achieved. Leave it out there and and so. -- who now looks like about six weeks ago where what's going to be the difference against San Jose Sharks I -- special teams but also five on property. While the special teams news. Is those who probably. Gets all the buzz because that's the most obvious thing. You can't win good curriculum and good power play in this league and you can't expect to you when the ultimate prize so being good at those two things. I think that's going to be very very important. Chemicals -- good leader -- power play is. Had its moments and we're working on it and and there's no time to break out what the playoffs. Also. I think we really two respect. Middle of the ice neutral zone I think San Jose's. -- is a team that has their defense doing. Kind of worth joining the attack and I think that. You know our forwards. Back checking where -- have to do a really good job of kind of protecting their ability racing covering those guys and so I think making the right place and neutral zone. Key against a team kind of has -- time with the. Well defense is gonna when users via that's right and that's who I'm up here and happy defense wins championships started yet so I -- -- -- they get their power plays that you wanna stay out of the box of course but. And I don't think there's a minute you're not out there on the penalty kill what you know what is the the plan. Although plans to do what we do well and not worry about what. And respect what they did absolutely you have to respect your opponent respect all the great things that they can do hockey club -- the players to have both Purdue. But at the end of the day you have to you have the confidence that what you unit what you're gonna do is better weather better than what they're gonna do and we have to do the things will make us successful apparently killed we have to do those things. Force them into areas that they're comfortable and then when you do. You could only come on we're well prepared John Stevens on an excellent job all the you're wrong I think the group we have is apparently still take a lot of pride in that. We couple of those boards and we say we're gonna kill this wanna make a difference and a bottom line is apparently doing these make a difference from the post season and you know put that pressure on ourselves and we're planning -- team and obviously. As a real good power play and we look for that challenge and need to meet it head on -- have success. It's the next round. Now when you -- when you -- the kings or other teams out there that -- -- you you came Dele for a reason I think it's it's this and and the culture when you know we're seeing right now. Yeah. I. You know really important for me was. -- -- You know them so some other team's interest is no -- -- really important for me it was not only to play and be healthy and enjoy a game that. I'd love to do but I have a shot at postseason. For me it's ultimate. And how to shot Stanley Cup. You know dreamed of many many times -- soldier I still think about it just streets talking wondering how you get shivers. And you know we're gonna have that chance and we -- work hard as a group we're one of sixteen teams -- it's not easy to get here we're hearing. And they. You know we're gonna give it rural Americans -- shot and had a good history here about six weeks from now and. Yeah I -- this. There is no matter there's no better trophy in all sports. A little bit about the adversity of the year. The ups and downs and then you know terrible injury that your -- is -- logical guitar and US veteran. What what role you think you had to take in and keep in everything you know level let's not get you know to worry. -- I think for myself close you know I had some injuries certainly hurts it really. Do fabric of the team so to speak because I was so and so I was just trying to fit in myself. Trying to do things I do well. And we are coming off injuries it takes a while that it doesn't happen overnight not like you product lineup and -- okay you go earlier and swagger back you kind of have to. -- it takes couple weeks ago to a significant injuries and so the first from you know just one fitted. And then you know in the lineup it later with you with your peers and you know. Do things you know elected to try to help my teammates Landon on this if popular -- and calico we just talked about. But -- on obstruction of injuries I think the number one thing is. Maybe you get some experience -- you. You know. Note it was a miracle views. It's something that we have planned for women want. An excellent offensive player. Excellent defense simpler. We can use them for motivation and that's kind of questions that are. Tried to bring in his. It's not individuals who win championships it's teams and you know I've never won. Hope to get that chance got to the conference finals with the team was. Had to back up against the wall was not supposed to be it'd be a team that those -- Minnesota Wild toddler just expansion years. And what will we weren't good teammates -- pretty good team game and we weren't all the news conference finals and when it was into the box. Went -- goaltender about. Just shows you know deeply -- teams for each -- teammates. And -- it will with men. They make things happen and I think you know when you lose your Columbia. Ceremonies to pick up their talks a little bit and that. You bats and you get that cup and you get your term with -- and you take that year your hometown but there was nobody around for miles. Pretty good news and views put it in the snow -- the bearers in the everybody had rumors come to think. I've had lots of things that ought to vote. It kind of thing and he cougar and a lot of low compared notes tendencies plans a little bit. So obviously -- -- yeah is. I don't like to finish did you get a chance to do any fishing at all here you know like please tell -- went out once the count. Don't know why you thought we haven't had a lot of days off and to be honest with you the only game went fishing was ridiculous remarks road trip. Practice in the morning with a couple plays where you go back -- -- -- twelve Barfield had an afternoon but. Not just loved love the area though -- -- if that first -- and just get -- but ultimately you know there had been fun and hopefully. Develop on for a good drug for six weeks here -- -- -- -- of gridlock there hasn't previously thank you.