Defenseman Willie Mitchell waiting impatiently to make his exhibition debut

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell couldn’t say Wednesday whether he would play in Friday’s exhibition against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. He couldn’t say exactly when he might pull on a Kings sweater. What he could say was that he’s suffered no setbacks so far in training camp, with his surgically-altered knee feeling sound. Mitchell also said it’s up to Kings coach Darryl Sutter to decide when the veteran defenseman will play his first game since the Stanley Cup Final in June 2012.

“Darryl has his plan and has kind of been sticking with that,” said Mitchell, who sat out all of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season after undergoing knee surgery last December. “I’m waiting to hear from him. It’s been good, though. As much as you want to get in there right away and want to get back in (the lineup) … you’ve just got to get back into a game and get your timing and your feel and all that back. …I’m feeling really good. I’m feeling great on the ice right now. Anxious. I don’t know. I’m guessing something will happen fairly soon. I’m looking forward to it. … It’s his decision. He’s the boss.”


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