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.
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.
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.