#11 – CASEY MITTELSTADT, C

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Casey Mittelstadt Scouting Report:

This is my scouting report on Green Bay Gamblers center Casey Mittelstadt. I find that Mittelstadt is a player that is more difficult to get a good read on because he flip-flopped between stiffer competition in the USHL and much weaker competition in High-School. Against high-schoolers, he dominated but that is no surprise, he should dominate. Which top-10 ranked player wouldn’t have destroyed high-school hockey if they had been in his skates??

Middlestadt has a very good shot, he gets into the right areas of the ice to score and has a nose for the net. He’s an accomplished playmaker as well though I found him to be more of a north/south, shoot-first type of player rather than an extremely creative East/West guy.

This player was particularly difficult to evaluate because a lot of the viewings I had, he was playing left wing and I think that he’s probably more comfortable playing center.

In any case, I’ve seen a lot of people rave about Mittelstadt and have him ranked extremely high but for me, I don’t quite see that same upside that others seem to. I’ve seen him at different levels playing against weaker competition and at the U18 tournament last year where he was on a stacked team, playing with excellent players and he just never ‘wowed’ me. I see the skillset but I just don’t see the creativity to be a top line player in the NHL.

Chances are he will be selected within the top 10 and he has a very good shot at becoming a solid Top-6 forward but it’s not guaranteed. My comparable for him is Derick Brassard because I see him as that type of player who had a ton of expectations but took some time to put it all together. I see Mittelstadt developing like that but I’m not certain he gets to Brassard’s level.

Projection:

  • COMPARABLE :
    • Derick Brassard
  • UPSIDE :
    • Top-6 Offensive Forward
  • FLOOR :
    • Top-9 Offensive Forward

Other Rankings:

  • TSN – #6
  • Central Scouting – #3 NAS
  • ISS – #7
  • Future Considerations – #5
  • McKeens – #5
  • THN – #4
  • Craig Button – #9
  • Hockey Prospect – #8

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