Casey Mittelstadt wins a Player of the Game Prize during the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Photo: Andrea Cardin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Two Americans, two Swedes on all-star team
U.S. forward Casey Mittelstadt was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship by the media.
The 19-year-old centre from Edina, Minnesota had 11 points for the bronze-medal Americans (4-7-11) to lead the tournament. As a 2017 first-round draft pick (eighth overall) of the Buffalo Sabres, he was a fan favorite at both KeyBank Center and the 29 December outdoor game at New Era Field, where the U.S. beat Canada 4-3 in a shootout.
Mittelstadt was also named Top Forward and a tournament all-star along with fellow American Kieffer Bellows, who led the World Juniors with nine goals. Silver-medal Sweden also had two players receive Directorate Awards and all-star berths: goalie Filip Gustavsson and defenceman Rasmus Dahlin.
Forward Filip Zadina became the first Czech all-star since goalie Petr Mrazek (2012).
Total tournament attendance for 30 games in Buffalo was 211,210.
Top Goaltender - Filip Gustavsson (SWE)
Top Defenceman - Rasmus Dahlin (SWE)
Top Forward - Casey Mittelstadt (USA)
All-Star Team and MVP (selected by the media)
Goaltender - Filip Gustavsson (SWE)
Defenceman - Rasmus Dahlin (SWE)
Defenceman - Cale Makar (CAN)
Forward - Casey Mittelstadt (USA)
Forward - Filip Zadina (CZE)
Forward - Kieffer Bellows (USA)
MVP - Casey Mittelstadt (USA)