Perreualt odd man out, traded to Anaheim for John Mitchell

  • Michael Prosser

The Capitals traded Mathieu Perreualt to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday for John Mitchell and a 4th round pick in 2014 (photo courtesy of Clyde Caplan)

With the  likelihood of being a nightly scratch, Mathieu Perreualt has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks where he’ll be re-united with former Capitals and Hershey Bears head coach Bruce Boudreau. In return the Capitals receive a fourth round pick and forward John Mitchell.

A sixth round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Perreualt scored 17 points in 39 games during last year’s Lock Out-shortened season. The former Hershey Bears’ forward and Drummondville, Quebec native scored his highest goal total back during the ’11-12 season where he amassed 16, matching his career high in goals as a pro (16 with the Bears the season before, including a 4 goal game against the Charlotte Checkers), but the totals are a far cry from the ones he notched with the Acadie-Bathurst Titans of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he scored 75 goals and 233 points in his last two seasons in “The Q”.

A two time Calder Cup champion with the Bears, Perreualt will look for a fresh start after not being able to crack the top-6 forwards with the Caps when head coach Adam Oates started using both Eric Fehr and Martin Erat (who are naturally right wingers) at the center position. The gifted playmaker will certainly add not only depth, but skill to a Ducks lineup that looks to be getting younger after trading star winger Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators for two high end prospects and a 1st round pick.

Newest Hershey Bear John Mitchell (seen here last season with the Norfolk Admirals) (Courtesy of Andy Mead)

Mitchell, on the other hand, is quite the opposite player from Matty P.

A University of Wisconsin alumni, Mitchell spent two years with the Syracuse Crunch before the Ducks switched their affiliation to the Norfolk Admirals. A native of  Neenah, Wisconsin, Mitchell has never played a game in the NHL and has only scored 27 goals in two season in the American Hockey League. What Mitchell brings to the organization (mostly to Hershey) is grit and toughness, not to mention 135 penalty minutes. Not a goon by any means but an energy guy with some sand paper who’ll most likely play with “The Wrecker” Joel Rechlicz and former Texas Stars winger Brendan Segal.

For Washington, the move puts the team at 23 skaters and gets them under the dreaded salary cap. For Anaheim, they get a player who’s familiar with the coach’s system at a reasonable price; a win-win for both teams.

 

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