Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall pick

The center is committed to play at the University of Minnesota in the fall

Brayton Wilson
June 23, 2017 - 9:15 pm

Photo: David Banks - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres have taken 18-year old center Casey Mittelstadt with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Mittelstadt played his hockey with Eden Prairie High School last season, scoring 24 goals and registering 64 points in 25 games. He then joined the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League, scoring 13 goals and 30 points in 24 games.

The 6' 1", 201-pound forward is committed to play with the University of Minnesota as a freshman this fall.

Mittelstadt brings electricity to his offensive game every time he steps on to the ice. He is a competitor with blazing speed, good vision, and crafty hands that allow him to be a good puck handler and playmaker. When the puck find his stick, he can hold on to it for as long as possible while using his speed and vision to find the best play available. He has the capability to be a complete player in the offensive end, and eventually be a top-six forward in the NHL.

Mittelstadt has good size, but could work on getting even more stronger in his physical game. Certainly heading to Minnesota will help him grow his physical game even further.

The Sabres will not have another pick on Friday, and will next pick with the 37th pick in the second round. Buffalo will have two picks in the second round (37th and 54th overall), one pick in the third round (89th overall), one pick in the fourth round (99th overall), and one pick in the seventh round (192nd overall).

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