Casey Mittelstadt

by Brad Phillips on January 7, 2018

 

Casey Mittelstadt, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 201

Born: 1998-11-22

Hometown:  Eden Prairie, MN, USA

Drafted: 1st round 2017 8th overall BUF

Observations:

 January 2018 - Mittelstadt came to play in the 2018 WJC and was head and shoulders the best player in the tournament. He was named to the tournament All-Star team and earned MVP honours on the back of a four goal, seven assist performance, tying for the scoring lead. Hi elite level puck skills were on display nightly for team USA, perhap no more so than in the preliminary round against Slovakia in which he picked the opposing players pocket then proceeded to dangle between his legs to beat the defenseman before burying it home. Enjoy it Sabres fans. This might be as good as things get all year. Brad Phillips

 

December 2017 - It's been a bit of a mixed campaign for Buffalo's latest first rounder, flashing highlight reel plays one night and performing underwhelmingly the next. He's played much better as of late currently riding a five game point streak. Add it all up and Mittelstadt has put together a stat line of five goals and 12 helpers in 19 games in his freshman year. A lock to make the Team USA squad for the WJHC, Mittelstadt should be leaned on heavily to the offense. Brad Phillips

June 2017 - The Buffalo Sabres selected Casey Mittelstadt with the eighth pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Mittelstadt brings skill and fluid skating to the Sabres’ pipeline, which needs offensive help. Mittelstadt will attend the University of Minnesota next fall, which will help develop his size and strength, a critique some have against the former high school standout. While the size may not be physically there, Mittelstadt has great strength when shielding the puck. Mittelstadt could become a heavy offensive threat for the Sabres in years to come. Due to the team’s abundance of centers, Mittelstadt could potentially see himself playing the wing at some point in his career with the team. Max Marko

February 2017- Mittelstadt could be the prospect with the highest skill in the 2017 NHL draft and as such be the best fantasy option. His decision to play high school hockey in his draft year has certainly made it difficult to gauge his development as he is playing against lesser competition. He has elite puck control skills, is a big strong player and has excellent vision and play making skill to compliment his lethal shot. Defensively he is adequate but playing at a lower level may have hurt his defensive development. Scouts will anxiously await his return to the USHL where he was leading that league in scoring before leaving for Eden Prairie, and unfortunately he is too old to compete in the 2017 U18 tournament. He has a high hockey IQ, quick hands, sets the pace and can create separation time and space with his skill.  Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: A

 

Footage:

Casey Mittelstadt 2016 U18 Highlights:

Casey Mittelstadt 2015-16 Eden Prairie Highlights

 

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