Casey Mittelstadt may have come up short of his ultimate goal of a state championship, falling 3-2 in the state semifinals to eventual champion Grand Rapids in a terrific game. But he took home a nice consolation prize on Sunday by being named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey as the state’s top senior boys hockey player.
The award has pretty much been a foregone conclusion ever since Mittelstadt opted to return to Eden Prairie for his senior season. Mittelstadt had a 21-43-64 scoring line in 24 regular season games, which ranked tied for 11th in state scoring, despite Eden Prairie playing one of the state’s toughest schedules.
Mittelstadt is projected as a high first round draft pick in this summer’s NHL Draft. He’ll continue his hockey career with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL for the remainder of their season, and then matriculate to the University of Minnesota next season.