Mittelstadt was demoted to Buffalo's taxi squad Tuesday.
Mittelstadt has picked up a goal and an assist while skating in a bottom-six role over the past five games, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him back on the active roster sooner rather than later. He's totaled three points in seven appearances this season.
Mittelstadt was added to the active roster and will play in Thursday's game against New Jersey, per CBS Sports.
Mittelstadt continues to bounce between the taxi squad and active roster in a cap-saving measure by the team. The 22-year-old has earned two assists and three shots across 11:28 of average ice time in four games this campaign. He'll return to his usual bottom-six role, seeing some time on the power play for Thursday's game.
Mittelstadt was reassigned to the taxi squad Wednesday, per CapFriendly.
Mittelstadt has played in the last two games, earning one assist and a plus-1 rating in that span. The 22-year-old may lose his spot in the lineup after Jeff Skinner returns from being a healthy scratch.
Mittelstadt was promoted from the taxi squad ahead of Monday's game versus the Islanders, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Jeff Skinner will serve as a healthy scratch Monday, so Mittelstadt will make his first appearance since Jan. 31. The 22-year-old has been inconsistent at the top level since the beginning of the 2019-20 season, as he's accrued 10 points and 34 shots on net over 33 games.
The Sabres placed Mittelstadt on the taxi squad Thursday, per CapFriendly.
Mittelstadt was activated from the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Thursday, but he won't be in the lineup against the Capitals. The 22-year-old has played just two games this season, earning an assist across 10:21 of average ice time.
Mittelstadt has been activated off the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.
Mittelstadt will be eligible to play Thursday in Washington, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit as a healthy scratch for that contest considering he hasn't practiced for 10 days. The 22-year-old American has picked up one assist in two games this campaign.
Mittelstadt was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Mittelstadt is one of eight Sabres players in the league's protocol. The team's next scheduled game is Thursday against the Capitals, but that matchup should be considered uncertain for now. Mittelstadt has suited up for just two games this season, tacking on one power-play point.
The Sabres added Mittelstadt to the active roster via the taxi squad Sunday.
Mttelstadt has played one game on the active roster this season, earning a power-play assist across 10:02 of ice time. His recall could mean that the 22-year-old will enter the lineup for Sunday's game against the Devils.
The Sabres loaned Mittelstadt to their taxi squad Tuesday.
Mittelstadt made his season debut Sunday against the Capitals, picking up an assist in 10:02 of ice time. The 22-year-old forward will likely continue to bounce between the active roster and the taxi squad throughout the campaign.
The Sabres promoted Mittelstadt to the active roster Sunday.
Mittelstadt had been residing on the team's taxi squad this season after he failed to make the roster out of training camp. The eighth overall pick in 2017 saw action in 31 games with the big club last season, and he is expected to spend his time between the taxi squad and active roster in 2020-21. The 22-year-old replaced Dylan Cozens on the active roster, and it's likely that Mittelstadt could jump into the lineup for Sunday's game against Washington.
Mittelstadt has been assigned to Buffalo's taxi squad.
Mittelstadt wasn't able to snag a spot on the Sabres' Opening Night roster, but he should still see semi-regular action as a bottom-six option throughout the campaign. The 2017 first-round pick notched nine points in 31 games with the big club last season.
Mittelstadt signed a one-year, $874,125 contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Mittelstadt split time between the AHL and NHL last season, picking up 25 points in 36 minor-league contests and nine points in 31 top-level games. The eighth overall pick from the 2017 draft will battle for a spot on the Sabres' Opening Night roster during training camp, but there's no room for him in the top six, so he'll have to settle for a bottom-six role if he makes the cut.
Mittelstadt scored his eighth goal of the season in AHL Rochester's 3-2 shootout loss to Utica on Wednesday.
He failed on his shootout attempt. Mittelstadt has posted eight goals and 20 points in 30 games since being demoted to Rochester in mid-December. While the numbers don't look too bad on the surface, the fact Buffalo has declined to promote Mittelstadt at any point in the past two-plus months isn't a great sign. Instead, Buffalo went out and acquired Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey at the trade deadline despite the fact the team is a longshot for the playoffs. The Sabres have too much invested in Mittelstadt to move on, but the 21-year-old needs to have a better season in 2020-21.
Mittelstadt has just one point in five games with AHL Rochester.
The Sabres hoped that sending Mittelstadt down to the AHL would help the young centerman rediscover his game. He had nine points in 31 appearances with the Sabres. With just a lone assist and minus-4 rating, it may take longer than initially expected for Mittelstadt to start bringing the offense.
Mittelstadt was demoted to AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Mittelstadt has struggled to get into a groove this season and it's caused him to be a healthy scratch in three of Buffalo's last four games. He's scored four goals and nine points in 31 games this season and has just two points in his last 21 contests. The former University of Minnesota standout should be back to the NHL relatively soon if he can get his offensive game going in the minors.
Mittelstadt is in the midst of an 11-game point drought.
Mittelstadt started the year with a respectable seven points in 10 games, but has yet to crack the scoreboard since. It's no coincidence that Buffalo has lost nine of the 11 games during his point drought. The Sabres need him to be a source of secondary scoring, but he'll be playing on the fourth line until he gets going.
Mittelstadt scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
The 20-year-old center remained hot with his third goal and fourth point in the last two games. He's got six points through nine games this season, providing solid depth scoring. Mittelstadt was a bit disappointing with 25 points in 77 outings last year, but he seems poised to smash that mark in 2019-20.
Mittelstadt scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
That's the kind of performance the Sabres had in mind when they took Mittelstadt eighth overall in the 2017 draft. Unfortunately, he put six scoreless games between a two-assist effort on Opening Night and this contest. The center has five points and 14 shots on goal in eight outings this year.
Mittelstadt registered two assists and two shots on goal in Buffalo's 3-1 win versus the Penguins on Thursday.
Mittelstadt helped set up both of Conor Sheary's goals, including the power-play GWG late in the second period. One of Buffalo's promising youngsters, the 20-year-old Mittelstadt amassed 12 goals and 25 points in 77 games as a rookie in 2018-19 and is expected to be a significant offensive contributor as a sophomore.
Mittelstadt, coming off a somewhat disappointing season in which he had just 12 goals and 13 assists in 77 games while mostly serving as the second-line center, has been a workout fanatic this offseason and showed up at a recent team event noticeably bigger and stronger. "Casey, just seeing him here today, I think he's taken a big step," said general manager Jason Botterill. "We challenged him a little bit about some of his conditioning in the summer. I think he's really done that extremely well. I think it's always that first or second year, that's where good players take that jump."
Being a key contributor at the NHL level requires a lot more than just one good summer of workout commitment, but it's a start for Mittelstadt, who seemed to learn a lot of lessons as the Sabres stuck with him during the up-and-down rookie campaign. While the team drafted Dylan Cozens seventh overall, the current plan is still to have Mittelstadt center the second line. We'll see if he can take a big step forward in his second season.
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