2008-09: After being drafted 35th overall in the 2008 OHL priority selection by Kingston, Charles Sarault appeared in all 68 games for the Frontenacs primarily in a third/fourth line role, contributing two goals and nine assists with a -14 on the year.
2009-10: Saw action in 62 of the Frontenacs’ games and netted four goals, while adding 12 helpers. Positioned in a checking role, Sarault was again a third and fourth line forward for the Frontenacs, and was -19 on the season. Played in six playoff games adding a goal and three assists. Undrafted because of concerns surrounding his size skill.
2010-11: In what appeared to be a move up the depth chart, Sarault contributed more offensively, with 13 goals and 25 assists in a season that saw him on the positive side of the +/- category for the first time in his OHL career, finishing the year at +1. In five playoff games with the Fronts, Sarault had a goal and an assist.
2011-12: Acquired in August by the Sarnia Sting for a third round pick in 2013 and a fifth round pick in 2015. Sarault broke out while playing with Nail Yakupov. Scored 20 goals and 67 assists in 68 games for 87 points and was a +6 on the year. Sarault transformed from his traditional role as a checking player to a playmaker but showed his ability to play in both ends of the rink. Sarault also contributed four assists in a six-game playoff run for the Sting.
2012-13: Sarault signed a three-year entry-level contract as a free agent with Anaheim in March of 2013 and made his pro hockey debut with Ducks AHL affiliate Norfolk in April. Joining the Admirals after an over-age season with the OHL's Sarnia Sting, he had 6 assists and was -2 in 11 games. Norfolk was fifth in the East Division; two points out of an AHL playoff spot. Sarault had 108 points in 68 regular season games for Sarnia, scoring 22 goals with 86 assists, and was +16 with 28 penalty minutes. The Sting finished third in the West Division before being swept by Plymouth in a first round series. Sarault scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -7 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.
Sarault is a well-rounded player who excels in multiple aspects of the game, be it in the defensive end or the offensive end. He has tremendous playmaking ability, and was able to put it on display between talented linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Reid Boucher with Sarnia in 2012-13. His intelligence and on-ice vision were possibly the best in the Ontario Hockey League at the end of his career. He also played big minutes as a penalty killer for Sarnia and has been praised for his excellent defensive zone game as well. His size at 5’11 is less than desirable but he certainly does not let that setback impact his game.
The Anaheim Ducks signed a capable center in Charlie Sarault and will expect him to continue the type of production he has had in Sarnia over the last two seasons. Although he had the likes of Reid Boucher and Alex Galchenyuk to finish off his passes at points during the season, his vision and all-around game make him a capable center in all situations. Sarault has the potential to be a top-six center in the NHL. Anaheim is fairly deep down the middle, but Sarault can make an impact especially with the impending retirement of Saku Koivu. Expect Sarault to begin his professional career with the Norfolk Admirals.