Casey Mittelstadt is no physical specimen, as you’ll see below, but boy can he do some incredible things while wearing a pair of skates. A true speedster with great vision and playmaking ability, the forward could become the highest-drafted player ever to emerge from the Minnesota high school system.

“Mittelstadt is one of these anomalies that come along every few years [from high school hockey]. 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,” is director NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr’s take. “It doesn’t really matter where he plays because you get the same game from him no matter the environment.”

Here is some more on Mittelstadt.

Age on June 23: 18
Current Team: Green Bay Gamblers, USHL
Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200 pounds
From: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
NHL Central Scouting Rank (North America): 3

Jeff Marek’s Take: “Has put up big points everywhere he’s played. Great separation speed.”

He was ‘Minnesota Mr. Hockey’ in 2017

After registering 64 points in 25 games as captain of the Eden Prairie High School varsity team, the senior earned the Minnesota Mr. Hockey award as top high school player in the state. Current NHLers Ryan McDonagh, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Leddy (also attended Eden Prairie) and Paul Martin are among the 33 players to have won the award since 1985.