Charles Sarault
Image: NHL

Charles Sarault

Hometown:

Mississauga Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

2013-14: Sarault skated in 43 games for Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk in his first pro season and was loaned to the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies late in the season. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was -5 with 16 penalty minutes skating for the Admirals. After joining the Grizzlies in March he scored 3 goals with 8 assists in eight regular season games and was Utah’s leading scorer in their playoff series against eventual Western Conference finalist Bakersfield. Sarault scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Sarault is a well-rounded, slightly undersized player who is competent in multiple aspects of the game, be it in the defensive end or the offensive end. He put up big numbers in junior hockey on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Reid Boucher and showed some offensive instincts playing in the ECHL. His intelligence and on-ice vision are the best parts of his game but he has yet to display the skill level and technical ability necessary to execute his game at the higher levels. Sarault understands tactical play and has been effective as a penalty killer and in a defensive role.

Future

Sarault attended his second training camp with the Ducks before being assigned to Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his second season with the Admirals, he was caught up in a numbers game at the beginning of the year and was a healthy scratch at times but has begun to play more consistently. Not likely to become the top-six center envisioned when he was signed out of junior hockey, Sarault projects as an effective two-way forward with offensive elements to his game. To reach that level he will have to continue to develop bulk and strength and play a consistent game in all three zones.

AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
on

Connor Brown - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown was chosen to take part in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference will undergo some major re-structuring over the summer as five AHL teams will be playing in California beginning in the 2015-16 season. But before the westward expansion takes place, there are several elite prospects playing in the Western Conference this season looking to make the full-time jump to the NHL. Read more»

Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
on

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Years of drafting defensemen and trading early picks has left the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool in a stagnant state, with more talent leaving than arriving. The system still has some quality defensive talent, led by Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington, but there are few prospects at forward who look like they are ready to contribute at the NHL level at any point in the near future. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: De La Rose pots two in Habs’ win

by Ken McKenna
on

Jacob De La Rose - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with linemate Brandon Prust in the Canadiens win over Columbus (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he decided to add another as the Habs went on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

by Jason Menard
on

Vince Dunn - NIagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more»

Greyhounds’ Nurse the class of this season’s NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

by Jason Menard
on

Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse won gold with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and he is poised to make a run at the OHL championship with the Greyhounds (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

 

The OHL has long been known for providing elite offensive forward talent to the NHL. Defensemen facing that type of player on a regular basis should result in a comparable coterie of elite defensive prospects whose talents have been honed by facing such formidable opposition. Read more»

Related Articles