As the 2017-2018 NHL season winds down a lot of NHL teams have recalled their recent draftees or signing(s) to test them in the remaining NHL action. Some are more publicized than others, and that so happens to be the case in Buffalo. Despite a 25-42-12 record for the Sabres and 31st place finish. Buffalo fans still seem to be hopeful for the future, with all eyes on the recent 2017 draft pick, Casey Mittlestadt. Besides Mittlestadt, the Sabres do have a few other solid prospects waiting to make their mark in the league but Mittlestadt has been a proven goal scorer and difference maker in the levels he has played at prior to this.
Mittlestadt recently won the World Juniors tournament MVP, in which he tallied 11 points(4G, 7A) in 7 games. Playing his first season of NCAA hockey with the Univ. of Minnesota, Mittlestadt slotted 30 points(11G, 19A) in 34 games, earning the NCAA (BIG) All-Rookie team, and in just this year Mittlestadt has some pretty impressive accomplishments under his belt. Like, WJC Best Forward, Most points, All-Star team. But before coming to Minnesota and World Junior play this year, Mittlestadt slotted 94 points in 49 games between the Eden Prairie High(HS) and Green Bay Gamblers(USHL).
It is pretty evident coming out of high school Mittlestadt was going to make an impact wherever he went. Despite his 6’1 frame and 185-pound stature, Mittlesatdt has not allowed the talk of being weak on the puck get to his head.
This same hype came when Jack Eichel was drafted yet, I would assume many thought Eichel was the better player, a bigger body, unbelievable shot and just a player who can take over the game. Well, hopefully with the addition of Mittlestadt it can be Eichel + Mittlestadt to = a better Buffalo season next year. We can project Mittlestadt to be a full-time player and make the opening day roster but it is up to him to keep that spot. Right now he is playing alongside Evan Rodrigues and Kyle Okposo, not two players that will really make this kid’s skills shine, but it is only a matter of time until it is Jack Eichel-Mittlestadt and Pominville on a line together. Until then, get ready for another top draft pick Buffalo! Dahlin?