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Eduard Sale


Elite. Sale can fly through the neutral zone. He should be able to create plays purely through pushing the pace in transition, a valuable skill for a winger in today's NHL.


He's a great cross-ice passer, able to thread the needle and make seemingly impossible passes.


I was surprised in a good way by his shot. I expected to see a passive pass-first guy, but he is a lethal finisher in close. He's not going to be the rush shooter or one timer guy, but from the slot down he can pick his spot.

IQ (Vision, Anticipation, Panic/Poise):

Another high-end skill, he's great at waiting until the last second to draw defenders to him and create openings.


Sale is not an aggressive forechecker, and prefers to play the high third man. I don't expect he'll excel at creating turnovers.


His transitional speed helps him on the backcheck, although I'd like to see him use his frame better defensively to control opponents.

Best Asset:


Biggest Concern:

I've heard consistency concerns about him. Although I didn't see him disappear in the few games I watched, I'll defer to industry scouts who've seen 10-20 games of him here.

Top Tier/Role Potential:

Top line assist-heavy winger

Justification for Top Tier Assessment:

He's got the speed, passing, and vision to be an elite playmaker in this league, just a matter if he's able to find consistency and not frustrate coaches.

50th Percentile Tier/Role:

Mostly invisible mid-six guy who bounces from team to team.

Justification for 50th Percentile Tier Assessment:

If he can't find his consistency and effort, he won't be more than a 13-15 minute a night guy.

Stylistic Comparable:

Jeff Skinner

Scouts Final Thoughts and Additional Stats/Info:

The Kraken have reinforcements coming with Firkus, Rehkopf and Sale. If even 2/3 turn into everyday top-6 players next to Wright and Beniers they'll be in good shape for the next 5-7 years.

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