Casey Mittelstadt

Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

Dynamic offensive player who brings speed and creativity to the ice every shift, more than a complementary top-line player who is capable of driving offense himself.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 22, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 8

Observations

July 2019 – As we pointed out in our last update on Mittelstadt, last season was not a great one for the Edina, Minnesota native. The 20-year-old had tallied 12 goals and 13 assists in 77 games. Those totals are pretty low. Many analysts felt that Mittelstadt would excel in his first full season in the NHL after tallying five points in his first six games in the league in the previous season. That was not the case though. While his statistics were not impressive, we should keep in mind that he was averaging under 14 minutes a night of ice-time. With Ralph Kreuger taking over as coach in Buffalo, we might see Mittelstadt get a bump up in ice-time and if that is the case, we could see the young centre flourish. I also want to point out that there aren’t many flaws in Mittelstadt’s game. He’s shown over the course of his time with the University of Minnesota, the USA World Juniors squad and the Buffalo Sabres that he has great hands, solid speed and excellent vision. When you watch video footage of Mittelstadt, you see just how special he is. He will isolate himself in the offensive zone and find free ice for himself. Mittelstadt will also zoom down the ice with the puck and identify the best wingers open to capitalize. He reminds me of Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom. Like Backstrom, he has superb speed, can evade high danger situations and has excellent playmaking ability. If he gets more ice-time next season, he could have a breakout campaign. Josh Tessler

 

March 2019 – After a summer of sky-high expectations and Calder projections, Mittelstadt has had a fairly disappointing year in his rookie season. Some believe that Mittelstadt would have been better off waiting another year before being rushed to the NHL where he has struggled in a few slumps throughout the year to produce while being given prime ice time. While Mittelstadt has struggled this year, the potential is clear to see, and patience is required because with his tools a breakthrough won’t be too far off. Marcus Griep

March 2018 – The Sabres signed the top prospect in their system to an entry-level deal after just one year in college. Mittelstadt finished his freshman year with 11 goals and 19 assists for the Golden Gophers. An interesting tidbit courtesy of CapFriendly “Casey Mittselstadt is a late b-day (Nov 22). Meaning that despite being 19, the league will flag him as a player with an EL Signing Age of 20. As a result, his contract is not slide eligible & he will automatically burn the first year on his ELC.” He’ll be in the lineup for the home stretch giving Sabres fans something worth watching. Brad Phillips

 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Eden Prairie Bantam AA Bantam 60 91 - - - |          
 2014-2015 Eden Prairie High MN State 3 2 0 2 2 |          
  B16 - Blue (Final 54) MNHP-16 3 0 1 1 - |          
  Eden Prairie High USHS-MN 25 22 25 47 4 | Playoffs 2 2 1 3
  Team Southeast UMHSEHL 20 14 14 28 8 | Playoffs 3 2 2 4
 2015-2016 B17 - Red (Final 54) MNHP-17 3 1 2 3 - |          
  Team Kelly USA-S17 5 1 4 5 4 |          
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 3 4 7 4 |          
  Eden Prairie High USHS-MN 25 22 37 59 16 | Playoffs 3 6 3 9
  Team Southeast UMHSEHL 19 14 27 41 24 |          
  USNTDP Juniors USHL 2 2 0 2 2 |          
  Eden Prairie High MN State 3 5 7 12 0 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 13 7 6 13 6 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 4 5 9 2 |          
 2016-2017 Eden Prairie High MN State 3 1 2 3 2 |          
  Eden Prairie High USHS-MN 25 21 43 64 8 | Playoffs 2 1 4 5
  Green Bay Gamblers USHL 24 13 17 30 2 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 34 11 19 30 10 |          
  Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 1 4 5 2 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 4 7 11 2 |          
 2018-2019 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 12 13 25 10 |          
 2019-2020 Buffalo Sabres NHL - - - - - |          

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