Future Watch: 2017 NHL Draft, Prospect, Casey Mittelstadt – Casey Mittelstadt is a star who played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and for high school team in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He was the captain of that team and hoped to win a Minnesota State Championship this season but that didn’t happen.
His run from the USHL, a highly competitive league that produced players like Thomas Vanek, Washington’s T.J. Oshie and John Carlson to name a few. He played there from the middle of September until the middle of November. During that time, he put up an impressive 30 points in 24 games with 13 goals.
With Eden Prairie, he was a superstar. This season he scored 64 points in 25 games, 21 of them were goals. The USHL is a more difficult league but the Minnesota High School system is very competitive and has produced players like Notre Dame’s, Connor Hurley who was drafted 38th overall in 2013 by the Buffalo Sabres.
Mittelstadt has played for the U.S. National Team, he was selected and played in the 2016 All-American Prospects Game and soon he’ll be playing for the University of Minnesota. Now, his next order of business will be entering the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and hopefully becoming a top five pick.
This talented center already stands at 6′-1″, 201 pounds. He did manage to win the coveted 2017 Mr. Hockey Award for Minnesota’s top senior boys hockey player.
MIttelstadt doesn’t have any hockey cards out on the market just yet. He’s not expected to play in the NHL in 2017 so that will slow him down a bit in the collectibles market for now. He will take the photo for his eventual Upper Deck card, that’s a guarantee.
Here’s some highlights of this future NHLer:
You’ve been warned. Now see if your team is lucky enough to draft him.