Kraken Sign Polarizing Prospect

Published July 17, 2023 at 0:44

The 2023 NHL draft was full of surprises, but one prospect stood out especially.

Sale Gets a Contract

Eduard Sale began his draft year as one of the most hyped prospects in years. Respected TSN analyst Craig Button had him ranked 2nd overall, just behind Connor Bedard at the beginning of the season.

Craig Button's September 2022 Rankings

The skilled winger is an archetype of player that teams covet. He has size, plays with deceptive physicality, and is very intelligent.

Unfortunately, he had a terrible season, and shot way down on many draft boards. Renowned public scouting firm DobberProspects had him fall to 32, and individual scouts from that network had him as low as 50.

DobberProspects Final Rankings

Kraken Take the Swing

The Kraken opted to take Sale at 20th overall, and we will now have to wait and see who was right. Was he worthy of being ranked above Adam Fantilli and Matvei Michkov? Or was he even a first round talent to begin with?

The Kraken are certainly hoping for the former!

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Kraken Sign Polarizing Prospect

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