Casey Mittelstadt

Casey Mittelstadt

23-Year-Old CenterC
Buffalo Sabres
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Widely viewed as one of the top prospects in the game not all that long ago, Mittelstadt's game hasn't progressed as originally hoped. The Minnesota native is an elite-level offensive talent, but there has never been any consistency or urgency in his game since turning pro. His stats with Buffalo a season ago (10 goals, 22 points in 41 games) appear better than they actually were. Mittelstadt also finished with a minus-10 rating in addition to an unsustainable 16.4 percent shooting percentage. There's still long-term hope for Mittelstadt at age 22, but the Sabres figure to be a bottom-tier team again this in 2021-22 and it's difficult to get excited about virtually any player on Buffalo in a redraft fantasy format, Mittelstadt included. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Sabres in September of 2021.
Big day on power play Sunday
CBuffalo Sabres
April 4, 2022
Mittelstadt notched two power-play assists in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
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Both helpers came in a two-minute span midway through the third period as the Sabres tried to rally from a 4-1 deficit. Mittelstadt has been able to provide Buffalo with some scoring balance lately, and over the last eight games the 23-year-old has one goal and eight points.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:31
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:32
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
12:46
1:47
0:00
2020–21
15:53
2:13
0:15
2021–22
16:07
2:31
0:32
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Mittelstadt suffered severe regression last year, notching just nine points in 31 games a year after he scored 12 goals and 25 points in 77 contests. The eighth overall pick from 2017 is still trying to find his way at the NHL level, and he's no lock for even a bottom-six job entering 2020-21. He was solid in 36 games with AHL Rochester last year, producing nine tallies and 25 points, but he'll need to take another step forward on offense to get on head coach Ralph Kruegers' good side. Mittelstadt has almost no appeal in single-year leagues, but dynasty managers may want to stash him just in case he takes a leap forward and cashes in on his draft pedigree in the near future.
Mittelstadt didn't move the needle much in his first full NHL campaign last season, as the eighth overall selection from the 2017 draft finished with just 25 points and a minus-19 rating in 77 games. He doesn't turn 21 until November, so Mittelstadt still has plenty of time to improve his five-on-five play, and he showed some promise with the man advantage with 10 power-play points. Mittelstadt is a sleeper in redraft formats, but he'll have trouble waking up if he can't win the No. 2 center job behind Jack Eichel heading into the season.
Mittelstadt showed flashes of elite talent in six games with the Sabres last season during which he scored his first NHL goal and added another four assists. His stellar audition was enough for the Sabres to part ways with veteran Ryan O'Reilly and Mittelstadt finds himself pencilled in as the No. 2 center. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher is a top playmaker and will need a winger with some finish to maximize his offensive potential, perhaps with Jeff Skinner or Conor Sheary. Jack Eichel will demand the opposition's top defense most nights, so that will also take off some pressure. Given Mittelstadt's status as a budding superstar, a 20-goal, 60-point season shouldn't be out of the question, making him a top contender for the Calder Trophy and a high-upside pick for fantasy owners, especially in dynasty leagues.
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Snags assist Monday
CBuffalo Sabres
March 28, 2022
Mittelstadt posted an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 6-5 win over the Blackhawks.
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Two helpers in Sunday's loss
CBuffalo Sabres
March 28, 2022
Mittelstadt picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers.
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Snaps six-game slump
CBuffalo Sabres
March 20, 2022
Mittelstadt scored a goal on three shots, dished an assist and blocked two shots in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over the Canucks.
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Two-point effort Friday
CBuffalo Sabres
March 5, 2022
Mittelstadt scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 5-4 win over the Wild.
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Ready to rock
CBuffalo Sabres
February 18, 2022
Mittelstadt (upper body) will return to the lineup Saturday versus the Avalanche, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
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