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Offensively gifted winger with great vision and puckhandling skills who can also create and finish his own scoring chances. Needs to continue to round out his off-puck game but has the upside to become a top-six NHL forward.


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September 2022 – 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. 

Sale is a pure offensive talent who carries himself with incredible confidence in the offensive zone. His offensive toolkit is very exciting. His puck-handling skills, along with 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 (weighing in at only 168 pounds), he becomes a very interesting prospect 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. There are parts of his defensive game that need some fine-tuning such as tracking players better in the defensive zone and supporting his defenseman during breakouts. However, his strong stick skills allow him to strip pucks from opposing players and bat down loose pucks in open ice. This is a player to keep a close eye on. Sasha Lagarde

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CZE
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 10, 2005
Height 6‘1”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Slovakia Selects U12WSI U125 9 211 2|        
 2017-2018 Czech Selects U13WSI U138 7 815 -|        
  Czech Knights QC Int PW5 3 03 4|        
 2018-2019 HC Kometa Brno U16Czechia U1638 21 3354 4|Playoffs7 4 15 10 
  Jihomoravsky kraj U15MMCR6 3 03 2|        
 2019-2020 HC Kometa Brno U17Czechia U1739 27 2451 8|        
  Jihomoravsky kraj U15ODM6 3 58 2|        
 2020-2021 HC Kometa Brno U17Czechia U171 0 33 0|        
  HC Kometa Brno U20Czechia U208