Casey Mittelstadt, fifth in Future Considerations’ Final ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft, was one of 23 draft eligibles and 42 players invited to play for the United States at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The camp, to be held from July 29-Aug 5 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI, includes games against Canada, Sweden and Finland, and features players eligible to represent their national teams at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.
“This event is the first step in our process towards identifying a team for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team, said in a release. “We’re excited to be returning to USA Hockey Arena and hosting Canada, Finland and Sweden for a great week of hockey that will give fans a taste of what is to come this December.”
Mittelstadt, named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey as the state’s top senior boys hockey player.
He had 21 goals and 64 points in 24 regular-season games with Eden Prairie High School, ranking 11th in the state. He also had 13 goals and 30 points in 24 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.
Forward Kailer Yamamoto was also named to the camp. Yamamoto, ranked 15th, had a standout season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. He amassed 42 goals and 99 points in 65 games, following up a 19-goal, 71-point performance in 2015-16.
Also included in Team USA’s Summer Showcase are forwards Ryan Poehling (21st) of St. Cloud State, Jason Robertson (27th) of the Guelph Storm, defensemen Max Gildon (46th) of the National Team Development Program and goaltender Jake Oettinger (26th) of Boston University.
View Team USA’s full roster for Summer Showcase HERE.