2023 NHL Draft Countdown – No. 20-16: Andrew Cristall, Eduard Sale, Nate Danielson, Gabe Perreault, Samuel Honzek

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10 months ago
Over the next few weeks leading into the 2023 NHL Draft, we’ll be counting down the Top 100 prospects in this year’s class based on Daily Faceoff’s list. Today, we have No. 20 Andrew Cristall, No. 19 Eduard Sale, No. 18 Nate Danielson, No. 17 Gabe Perreault, and No. 16 Samuel Honzek.


No. 20: Andrew Cristall

Date of Birth: February 4, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Left Wing 
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 165 lbs
Scouting Report: “Cristall would have easily blown past the 100-point mark had he not had a lower-body injury. From a skill perspective, Cristall has everything going for him. His skating can be a bit of a disaster at points, though. In a vacuum, there’s a lot to like. When he has the puck on his stick, though, he’s dangerous. Surround him with quality linemates and you should be fine.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 19: Eduard Sale

Date of Birth: March 10, 2005
Nation: Czechia 
Position: Right Wing 
Height: 6’2″ 
Weight: 174 lbs
Scouting Report: “Consistency was an issue for Sale, especially in the second half after the World Junior Championship. He showed enough big-game potential at that event, though, that I’m still quite intrigued. He’s best when he’s being deceptive, which comes more with confidence. I do wonder if he’ll go to the AHL and follow a similar route as Buffalo’s Jiri Kulich, which could be beneficial.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 18: Nate Danielson

Date of Birth: September 27, 2004
Nation: Canada
Position: Centre
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 187 lbs
Scouting Report: “Danielson feels like a “safe” pick. I’m not sure he’s more than a 45-50 point guy in the NHL, but he’s consistent and valuable enough at both ends of the ice that he’ll have a solid, young career. You won’t find a ton of 18-year-old captains, either.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 17: Gabe Perreault

Date of Birth: May 7, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Right Wing 
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 165 lbs
Scouting Report: “Perreault’s greatest concern this season was perceived reliance on his teammates to get stuff done. But you don’t break the 100-point barrier by accident, especially when so few players have managed to do so. The biggest hangup is his skating, but he plays a similar skilled offensive game to Lucas Raymond’s.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 16: Samuel Honzek

Date of Birth: November 12, 2004
Nation: Slovakia 
Position: Centre 
Height: 6’4″ 
Weight: 185 lbs
Scouting Report: “I don’t think Honzek has a huge offensive ceiling, but I think he’s going to have a long career. He throws punishing hits, is a fantastic two-way presence and has a great release on his shot. Honzek’s game is built around power, and I love him as a potential middle-six option.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

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