DP Draft Reports: Eduard Sale, Lukas Dragicevic, Mathieu Cataford, Noel Nordh, Arttu Kärki

Nick Richard


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Welcome to another edition of DP Draft Reports! Today, we take a look at Eduard Sale, Lukas Dragicevic, Mathieu Cataford, Noel Nordh, and Arttu Kärki.

Sale is playing professionally in the top-tier Czech men’s league and has been climbing further into the top-10, and possibly even top-five, conversation for the 2023 draft. He is an electrifying offensive winger who likes to create off the rush, and he has six points through 17 games with Kometa Brno so far this season.

An offensively gifted blueliner with great mobility, Dragicevic is having a stellar start to his draft year for Tri-City in the Western Hockey League. There is room for him to improve defensively, but he has been impactful driving play from the back end, already with 27 points in just 19 games.

Cataford was one of three first-round picks for the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2021 QMJHL draft, and he looks like a safe bet to be the first of them off the board at the NHL draft. He plays in all situations and brings a well-rounded game with some offensive punch, having tallied 15 goals and 16 assists through Halifax’s first 20 games of the season.

Playing in the Brynäs system, Nordh has been putting his physical tools to good use this season. He hasn’t exploded offensively just yet, with 11 points in 16 games at the J20 level, but he has been entrusted with a spot in the SHL lineup for four games already, speaking to his maturity as a player.

Kärki has been an offensive force from the back end for Tappara in Finland’s U20 league. An effective puck-mover who patrols the offensive blue line with confidence, he has registered seven goals and 15 assists in just 18 games at the junior level.

Let’s get to the game re