HC Kometa Brno/Czechia
Related: Leo Carlsson
Eduard Sale possesses some of the best hands and playmaking vision in the draft; he’s able to make crisp passes and find the cross seams with ease. He’s a smooth skater who is noticeable in transition for both his ability to weave up ice and facilitate and also his ability to create breakaways for himself and beat goalies one-on-one. Sale controls the pace of play so well and he’s deceptive with the puck, he manipulates his positioning with the puck to give himself open lanes and opportunities in dangerous areas When he can’t get the puck to the net, he sets up teammates for scoring chances. Eduard Sale had a tremendous season with HC Kometa Brno’s U20 team, scoring 42 goals and 47 assists in only 39 games. In the playoffs, he scored five goals and added five assists in only five games. He followed up with a great performance at the U18 World Championships, scoring a goal and adding eight assists over six tournament games while finishing at a point-per-game pace for all international play combined. Sale was able to keep up his incredible scoring rates at every level he played, which bodes well for the young winger going into his first full season with HC Kometa Brno of the Tipsport Extraliga in his native Czechia. He has the potential to be a top 6 playmaking winger at the NHL level and could be a top 5 pick in the draft in 2023.
Physical Play Good
Offensive Play Excellent
Defensive Play Average
Hockey Sense Excellent
1. His puck-handling skills, along with his high-end offensive hockey sense, separate him from other players his age.
2. Sale is very crafty with the puck and has an innate ability to stickhandle out of crowded areas with a clear vision of what to do next.
3. His ability to stickhandle and release the shot quickly often catches opposing goalies off guard, and the same can be said about his passes.
Areas of Improvement
1. His defensive zone coverage needs to be improved, especially on tracking players in the defensive zone.
2. He also needs to work on supporting his defenseman better on breakouts.
Eduard Sale is a pure offensive talent who carries himself with incredible confidence in the offensive zone. His puck-handling skills, along with his high-end offensive hockey sense, are what separates him from other players his age. Sale is very crafty with the puck and has an innate ability to stickhandle out of crowded areas with a clear vision of what to do next. He’s able to pass or shoot out of dekes, which makes him unpredictable in the best way possible.
His ability to stickhandle and release the shot quickly often catches opposing goalies off guard, and the same can be said about his passes. Defensemen don’t have time to read Sale’s intentions before the pass has already been delivered. He has a great combination of good speed with high-level skill, and the fact that he’s 6-1 with room to grow, makes him an intriguing prospect, as is going into his first full season in Czechia’s top pro league. Sale will become even more valuable to teams looking for help on the powerplay as he was the driving force on the man advantage at all levels this year. He is a pass-first type of player but don’t sleep on his shot either. He scans the ice very well and is able to use that information to find open teammates. Eduard is far from a finished product though, as he still needs to improve his play on the defensive side of the puck and his play off the puck. The NHL comparable for Eduard Sale is Lucas Raymond is also a dynamic offensive player when he has the puck and has already established himself as a very good playmaking winger in the NHL. However, he has a higher ceiling than Raymond because he is 6’1 and can do things with the puck that Raymond can’t. Eduard Sale has the upside to be a top-6 NHL forward and is definitely a player to keep a close eye on heading into the 2023 draft.
Skill: Offensively gifted winger with great vision and puckhandling skills who can also score
NHL Comparable: Lucas Raymond
NHL Potential: Top 6 Playmaking Winger
|2021-22||HC Kometa Brno U20||Czechia U20||39||42||89|
|2022-23||HC Kometa Brno||Czechia||13||3||6|
|Czechia U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||5||4||6|
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