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2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Casey Mittelstadt Has All The Tools

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Size, speed, awareness, and a never-take-a-shift-off mentality all add up to a top line prospect.

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Casey Mittelstadt

Position: C/LW
Current Team: Eden Prairie High School / Green Bay Gamblers, USHL
Date of Birth: November 22, 1998
Place of Birth: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Shoots: Left


The highest ranked American skater in the final Central Scouting rankings hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Casey Mittelstadt is a nice combination of decent size to go with speed, instincts, and some skill. Perhaps the biggest intangible is his “compete”, with NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr noting:

“We’ve watched him play against his peers in international tournaments and have seen him play in the USHL and at various camps, and he always makes a difference. It doesn’t really matter where he plays because you get the same game from him no matter the environment.”

In addition to this consistency, scouts really like his awareness. He thinks the game at a high level, always working to put teammates in great positions and never getting rattled by bigger players. He’s heading to the University of Minnesota next year, and there are worse places he could be going. He’s got Kyle Connor one-and-done written all over him, assuming he even goes to school at all. He has NHL size right now, if his listings of 6’1” and 200 pounds are accurate.

Mittelstadt has the makings of a top line center in the NHL, as he has shown an awareness and playmaking ability that teams would covet next to their best goal scorers. That’s not to say he can’t score goals himself, either. He has the speed, work ethic, and smarts to be a great two-way player who can excel offensively. One scout I read (see below) compared him to Tyler Seguin, which is interesting considering the Stars pick at #3.

2016 / 2017 Statistics

Middelstadt

Team GP G A P PIM
Team GP G A P PIM
Eden Prairie High School 25 21 43 64 8
Green Bay Gamblers 24 13 17 30 2

Scouting Reports

An electric offensive presence on the ice, Casey Mittelstadt brings the complete package of speed, skill, and hockey sense. He competes hard with every shift, and has the dynamic puck skills to keep up with his creativity, which is a hallmark of his game. His awareness is all-encompassing, and he never puts his teammates in positions where their time and space will be bottlenecked. Bigger players don't phase him, as he thinks the game analytically and will find chinks in the opposition's armor on the fly. As a result, Mittelstadt is often seen forcing more complicated plays that the opposition won't be able to read in time. On top of all this, he can play a north-south game, and his transition game is already at an elite level. He's a complete player with the predatory instincts necessary to succeed as a consistent and, perhaps, dominant point producer at the next level. - Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects

A smart, quick and highly skilled center…has a tremendous first-step jump, change of pace and ability to make defenders miss…though not the biggest or strongest player on the ice, he finds success in loose puck battles by using his smarts and insane ability to shield the puck from defenders…never takes a shift off, and has added noticeable muscle and speed this season…will finish chances with a quick release on a wrister or powerful snap shot…puck-handling skills are excellent and he is able to create scoring chances in almost all of his offensive-zone shifts using his great vision and understanding of the game...aware of his defensive responsibility and backchecks hard to cover…sets up scoring chances using accurate, hard passes…always in the action and loves being the go-to guy…can beat defenders or gain the zone by utilizing this hands, feet or brain…a potential future top-line, two-way guy. - Future Considerations

Mittelstadt has the potential to be a top line centre in the NHL. He has some areas to work on but he has the skillset to lead a team, if he develops properly. There are some questions, generally about the level of competition he has faced to this point in his career, and how his game will translate at the next level. In terms of a comparison, he plays a similar style to Tyler Seguin. This is a stylistic comparison only though, and not an indication of talent level. - Ben Kerr, Top Shelf Prospects

Middelstadt in Action