Mittelstadt stands out at World Junior Summer Showcase

August 7, 2017

The 2018 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championship could feature a number of Buffalo Sabres prospects playing in Buffalo this upcoming December and January. Arguably, the one prospect that will get a lot of attention throughout the tournament for the United States is forward, Casey Mittelstadt.

The Sabres' first round pick (eighth overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft put on a show during the World Junior Summer Showcase held at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan this past week. Mittelstadt led all forwards in combined scoring, netting three goals and adding six assists in five games played.

Mittelstadt was a force for the first three games of the event playing with the USA White squad. He scored three goals and six points in those three games, including a four point performance (two goals, two assists) against Canada's Red team last Tuesday.

After the U.S.' White and Blue squads combined, Mittelstadt registered three assists in two games played. In both games played against Sweden and Canada, Mittelstadt played very well, using his speed and skill to create multiple chances for the U.S. team.

Mittelstadt was drafted as a center out of Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota this past June, but played left wing throughout the tournament with linemates Logan Brown (Ottawa Senators) and Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers). The three combined for 20 points in the tournament (eight goals, 12 assists) and was, arguably, the most dangerous line of the entire showcase.

USA's World Junior GM Jim Johansson said Ryan Poehling (MTL), Casey Mittelstadt (BUF) and Adam Fox (CGY) were...

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Casey Mittelstadt Full World Junior Summer Showcase Highlights || PART 1

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A few of the other Sabres prospects who played at the World Junior Summer Showcase were Cliff Pu (Canada), Marcus Davidsson (Sweden) and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Finland). All four have a chance to play at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship this year in Buffalo.