Casey Mittelstadt, a senior center at Eden Prairie High School and a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award.
The 6-foot-1, 201-pound center has 18 goals and 57 points in 23 games. He leads Eden Prairie in goals and points, and leads the state with 39 assists. He has at least one point in 14 straight games, including 13 straight multipoint games.
Mittelstadt is No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American forwards for the 2017 draft.
Also named as a finalist for the award is Hermantown defenseman Dylan Samberg (6-3, 190), No. 43 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters. Samberg has nine goals and 27 points in 24 games.
Other finalists for the award are: Matt Anderson, defenseman, Holy Family Catholic; Noah Cates, left wing, Stillwater; Nick Leivermann, defenseman, Eden Prairie; Ben Meyers, left wing, Delano; Micah Miller, right wing, Grand Rapids; Bauer Neudecker, right wing, St. Louis Park; Nicklaus Perbix, D, Elk River; and Ryan Sandelin, right wing, Hermantown.
The winner will be announced March 12.
The award is presented annually to the top senior boy's hockey player in the state, and is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts and coaches and college coaches. Previous winners include New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy and Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad.