Casey Mittelstadt
Born (1998-11-22) November 22, 1998 (age 22)
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Buffalo Sabres
Rochester Americans (AHL)
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2017
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2018–present

Casey Mittelstadt (born November 22, 1998) is an American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, eighth overall, by the Sabres in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Mittelstadt was born in Edina, Minnesota, but grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.[1]

Playing career

Amateur

Mittelstadt attended Eden Prairie High School and was chosen as ALL-USA Boys Hockey Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017.[2] He was named Mr. Hockey, the best high school senior hockey player in Minnesota, in 2017.[3] He was drafted in the first round, eighth overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[4]

Mittelstadt having committed to a collegiate career, played as a freshman forward on the 2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers team.[5][6] After ranking second on the team, and seventh among all NCAA freshmen, with 30 points Mittelstadt was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.[7] He was also selected as a finalist for Freshman of the Year, along with Quinn Hughes and Mitchell Lewandowski,[8] with the award eventually going to Lewandowski.

Mittelstadt selected by the Sabres at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Mittelstadt selected by the Sabres at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional

On March 26, 2018, Mittelstadt opted to conclude his collegiate career and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Buffalo Sabres.[9] He made his NHL debut on March 29 in a game against the Detroit Red Wings, recording an assist.[10] He recorded his first career NHL goal on April 6, 2018, in a 7–5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[11]

In his first full season with the club, Mittelstadt recorded 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 77 games.

After a slow start to the 2019–20 season, Mittelstadt was assigned to the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on December 15.[12]

On December 23, 2020, Mittelstadt signed a one-year contract with the Sabres.

International

Mittelstadt participated on Team USA in the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He helped lead the United States team to win bronze with a tournament high 11 points, and was selected as the tournament's Best Forward. A fan favorite, Mittelstadt was named to the tournament all-star team, and received the title of Tournament MVP by media.[13]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Eden Prairie High School MSHSL 25 22 25 47 12 2 2 1 3 0
2015–16 Eden Prairie High School MSHSL 25 22 37 59 16 3 6 3 9 0
2015–16 U.S. National Development Team USHL 2 2 0 2 2
2016–17 Eden Prairie High School MSHSL 25 21 43 64 8 2 1 4 5 0
2016–17 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 24 13 17 30 2
2017–18 U. of Minnesota B1G 34 11 19 30 10
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 1 4 5 2
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 12 13 25 10
2019–20 Buffalo Sabres NHL 31 4 5 9 2
2019–20 Rochester Americans AHL 36 9 16 25 6
NHL totals 114 17 22 39 14

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 United States WJC18 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 5 9 2
2016 United States IH18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 4 3 4 7 4
2018 United States WJC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 7 11 2
Junior totals 18 11 16 27 8

Awards and honors

Award Year Ref
College
All-Big Ten Freshman Team 2018 [7]
International
Most Valuable Player 2018 [13]
IIHF Best Forward 2018 [13]
All-Star Team 2018 [13]

References

  1. ^ "Casey Mittelstadt draft prospect profile". American Hockey League. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "ALL-USA Boys Hockey Player of the Year: Casey Mittelstadt, Eden Prairie (Minn.)". USA TODAY High School Sports. April 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Jason (March 22, 2017). "Minnesota Mr. Hockey Casey Mittelstadt moves on from state tournament heartache". Star Tribune.
  4. ^ Share-Cohen, Brandon (June 23, 2017). "2017 NHL Draft: Sabres Pick Casey Mittelstadt #8 Overall". The Hockey Writers.
  5. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey – 2017–18 Roster". GopherSports.com.
  6. ^ "2017–18 Gopher Hockey Stats". GopherSports.com.
  7. ^ a b "MITTELSTADT NAMED TO BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM". gophersports.com. March 13, 2018. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Johnson, Randy (March 7, 2018). "Gophers forward Casey Mittelstadt is finalist for Big Ten Freshman of the Year". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sabres sign Casey Mittelstadt to entry-level contract". sportsnet.ca. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Sabres again taken to school in Mittelstadt's debut". The Buffalo News. March 29, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Harrington, Mike (April 6, 2018). "Mittelstadt, Nylander net first career goals in wild first period". Buffalo News. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sabres assign Mittelstadt to Rochester". Buffalo Sabres. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d "Mittelstadt named MVP". iihf.com. June 23, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexander Nylander
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2017
Succeeded by
Rasmus Dahlin