Michael Neal

Hometown:

Whitby Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-04-03

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (149th overall), 2007

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

The younger brother of Stars prospect James Neal, Michael Neal possesses some of the same attributes as his older brother.

2006-07: He did not post great numbers in his second OHL season, scoring only four goals on his way to eight points in 52 games played. Part of the lack of production by Neal is a result of playing on a very talented and deep Belleville Bulls team.

2007-08: Missed the entire regular season with a knee injury.  Returned for the playoffs, but went pointless in seven games.

2008-09: Neal split time between the Belleville Bulls(OHL) and Sarnia Sting(OHL). He went pointless in 3 games with the Bulls, but scored 9 goals and added 12 assists in 63 games with Sarnia.

2009-10: Neal turned pro, splitting time with the Idaho Steelheads(ECHL) and Texas Stars(AHL). In 6 games with the Stars, Neal went pointless. In 57 games with Idaho, Neal scored 5 goals and added 10 assists.

2010-11: For the second straight season, Neal spent most of his time in the ECHL.  He tied his previous year’s total of 15 points in 2010-11.  He did notch his first career AHL point during his 16 games in the AHL – totaling three goals in all.  He was held scoreless in eight ECHL postseason games.

Talent Analysis

Neal is a physically imposing forward like his older brother, James.  His skating is above average for a player his size and he does his best work along the boards.  Plays a clean and fairly industrious game.  Craves physical play.  Has a tremendous off-ice work ethic and keeps himself in tiptop shape.  Doesn’t possess any sort of mesmerizing talent and is still very raw.  Lost a crucial year of development due to a knee injury that sidelined him for an entire season.  Will have to overcome a lot to be considered a legitimate NHL prospect.  Needs to find a niche and become exceptional at it in order to become a valuable asset to his team.

 

Future

Appears to be a fringe AHL player at this point and may spend another year in the ECHL while competing for AHL call-ups.

 

Calder Corner for Oct 7th

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The Calder Corner

CAR

Erik Cole: 1 Assist, 4 shots, +4


Florida Panthers
Ivan Novoseltsev: 1 goal, 5 shots, +1


Minnesota Wild
Willie Mitchell: 1 goal, 2 shots

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Calder Corner for Oct 6th

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The Calder Corner

ATL

Ilya Kovalchuk: 1st professional goal, 4 shots, -2
Kamil Piros: 1 Assist, -2


CAL
Clark: 1 Assist, 2 Shots, +1


Montreal Canadiens
Mike Ribeiro: 1 goal, 2 Shots, -1


New Jersey Devils
Boumedienne: 1st professional goal, -1


Phoenix Coyotes
Krys Kolanos: 1st Professional Goal, 2 Shots, -1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted or we missed something, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

AHL Report Launch News

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To kick off the beginning of the AHL season, Hockey’s Future has merged with the AHL Report to bring you full and complete coverage of the primary minor league for the NHL, the American Hockey League!

We launched the redesigned AHL Report yesterday, and while it is not fully up to speed yet, the AHL Report writers are starting to send their reports from the games. So go over to the http://www.ahlreport.com or click on the link below in “Affiliates” section and it will take you there.

Please do keep in mind that the site, especially the team pages are not completed yet. The efforts of the AHL Report Editors, Doug Manners and Andrew Bourgeois, and team editors will have the page fully functional over the next few weeks, so please enjoy it in it’s “Beta” state.

Over the next month, AHL Team message boards will be functional, a regular power-poll, articles appearing on both AHL Report and HF, and player profiles will be appearing.

So as they say at places under construction “Pardon our Dust, we are making improvements” is applicable here, we hope you visit our new feature and enjoy it while it evolves!

Mark Fischel
Managing Editor
Hockey’s Future

Morrison Applies Trade in Winnipeg

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AHL NEWS

Justin Morrison is the evidence of Wayne Gretzky’s effect on hockey in Southern California. Morrison grew up in Los Angeles. It was not exactly known as hockey hotbed when he was a kid. Now he is in Winnipeg as a member of the Manitoba Moose. Definitely known as hockey hotbed.

“Nobody in my family played, none of my friends played. I just started on my own and I took it from there,” said Morrison. “No one in my high school played. A lot of people thought I was cool because I was doing something different.”

Just like Canadian kids, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-winger caught the puck bug early. “I was going public skating, just learning how to skate, and after the public session was over I’d always see the recreation hockey players coming on afterward,” recalled Morrison. “I’d just sit there and watch. I was just amazed, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know much about it at all, but right after I saw them play with all the equipment and stuff. I just went straight home and told my mom that’s what I wanted to do.”

“They thought I was crazy. They didn’t know anything about the sport of hockey,” said Morrison. “They were saying, ‘No way.’ I finally had to convince them I wanted to play and after that they loved it.

“I only played at a local rink for one year and then after that it was select teams and we would practise all over Southern California. It took a lot of work for my parents.” “I didn’t really notice the Kings, or know much about them, until Gretzky came to L.A.,” said Morrison. “There are a lot more rinks now than ther Read more»

Colorado-Pittsburgh Opening Night prospects recap

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Monday, a known face came to Pittsburgh to see the Penguins practicing. Jaromir Jagr couldn’t choose a more ironic day to show up at the Civic Arena. Kris Beech, the key players of the trade just started to play on the first line with his ex-teammate, #66.

That a fact, Kris Beech has a great career in front of him. But what a surprise, especially for him, to know that the No. 1 line of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the opening game is composed of Kris Beech, Mario Lemieux and Stephane Richer. The young Canadian will also play on the first unit of the powerplay with Lemieux, Stevens, Kovalev and Straka.

Moreover, the Penguins will play the Stanley cup champions Wednesday at 7 pm. The complete roster is right below IF the Monday’s practice was any indication.

Penguins Line-up:

Beech-Lemieux-Richer
Straka-Lang-Kovalev
Hrdina-Kraft-Morozov
Stevens-Petersen-LaCouture

Wilson-Ference
Kasparaitis-Moran
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