Carl Neill

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-07-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

5th round (144th overall), 2015

Weight:

214 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Carl Neill played midget AAA hockey with the Saint-Eustache Vikings in Quebec. In 42 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 19 assists and 34 penalty minutes. Neil was selected by Val-d’Or in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.  After requesting a trade he was obtained by the first-year Sherbrooke Phoenix in August 2012. 

2012-13: Neill skated in 61 of 68 regular season games for Sherbrooke in his first QMJHL season and was the leading scorer amongst Phoenix defensemen. He was an assistant captain for Canada Quebec at the 2013 U 17 World Hockey Challenge. Neill scored 3 goals with 17 assists and was -19 with 30 penalty minutes. Sherbrooke finished last in the West Division, securing a playoff spot despite winning 21 games, and was swept by Baie-Comeau in a first-round series. Neill scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in six games for Canada Quebec. 

2013-14: Neill played for the Canada U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Sherbrooke for a second season. In 65 games he scored 4 goals with 18 assists and was -31 with 58 penalty minutes. The Phoenix finished last in the West Division, missing the playoffs with the league’s worst record. Neill had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalty minutes in five games for Canada’s gold medal squad at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Canada shutout the USA, 4-0, in the gold medal game. 

2014-15: Neill attended the Calgary Flames’ prospect camp but was not allowed to participate due to a heart issue. Following a surgical procedure in the off-season, he had a breakout season for Sherbrooke in his third season with the Phoenix. He scored 14 goals with 26 assists, trailing only 17-year-old Jeremy Roy for the points lead amongst Sherbrooke defensemen, and was -16 with 77 penalty minutes in 63 games. The Phoenix finished third in the West Division, falling to Charlottetown in a first-round series. Neill scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in six playoff games. In his second year of draft eligibility, Neill was not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings when he was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (144th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Neill has a fairly decent shot that he is not afraid to unleash. He can rush the puck and has good passing skills but his decision making is sometimes called into question. Mobility may be another concern and he will need to improve his speed and positioning to keep up with the pro game. Neill has some rough edges to smooth out and should be considered a long-term project.

Future
Will return to Sherbrooke for his fourth season with the team. Should be among the leadership group of the team and play important minutes in all situations. Has a long way to go to earn a contract with the Canucks organization and will have a lot to prove in 2015-16.

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