John Mitchell is 28 and a Canadian, which means he is excused for never having heard of another famous John Mitchell — the late, former U.S. attorney general in the Nixon Administration who served 19 months in prison for his role in the Watergate affair of the early 1970s.

"Sorry, before my time," said Mitchell, who plays left wing on the Avalanche's third line.

Mitchell is making a good name for himself with the Avs. Sacrificed to the free-agent market by the New York Rangers after last season, Mitchell has been quite a find. Entering Sunday's game against the San Jose Sharks, he has eight goals and 12 points in 22 games and a plus-8 rating. In 63 games with the Rangers last season, he had five goals, 16 points and a plus-10 rating.