Michael Neal


Whitby Ontario

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5th round (149th overall), 2007


187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


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.



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


Colorado Prospect Update (12/09/01)

by Brandon LeBourveau


Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 23 G, 19 A, 42 P, 24 PIM, +2

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 30 PIM, +15

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 9-7-3, 2.87 GAA. .893 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 P, 35 PIM, -19

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 31 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 95 PIM, -10

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 30 GP 2 G, 19 A, 21 P, 21 PIM, -5

Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 58 PIM, -13

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P, 60 PIM, -1

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 17 G, 25 A, 42 P, 60 PIM, +22
News: Named OHL Player of the Month for November

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 12-6-4, 2.37 GAA, .922 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 9 G, 8 A, 17 P, 29 PIM, +5

Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 17 G, 23 A, 40 P, 26 PIM, +9

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by Aaron Vickers


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Where are They Now, Switzerland: Part 2

by Joeri Loonen

Where are they now (Switzerland – part 2)

An overview of dfrafted players and undrafted players with an NHL-career currently active in the Swiss league(s).

Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team

Edmonton Oilers:

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Russia WJC 2002: Plyuschev Places High Hopes on Chistov and Svitov

by Eugene Belashchenko

Plyuschev Places High Hopes on Chistov and Svitov

According to a Russian hockey newspaper Ves Hokkei, the head Coach of the Russian National Junior team, Vadimir Plyuschev, places a lot of his hopes on the two forwards from Avangard: Stanislav Chistov and Alexander Svitov.

Plyuschev: I hope to see Chistov and Svitov with the team. I am not discouraged by the fact that both players are not currently on the Hawks roster [Avangard Omsk –EB]. In my opinion, both players will fit well into the team and will really help us. Regarding another Avangard player, defenseman Kiril Koltsov, he will not be joining the team. At the same time I hope for reinforcements from North America. If nothing unforeseen happens, the National team will be complemented with Tyutin, Sapozhnikov and Yakubov. In comparison to the 4 Nations Tournament in Finland, it is not likely that other chances will take place in the line up.

Prospect Happenings in Hab-Land

by Chris Boucher
The Montréal press seems to be confused when it comes to Arron Asham’s performance this year in the AHL. Granted, he is playing well. He’s competing consistently and is leading the Citadelles in scoring with 23 points (9-14-23) in 24 games. But the reality of the situation is that Asham’s production is actually down this year compared to last season. He averaged 1.10 points per game through 15 AHL games last season.

The problem here isn’t with Asham or his game, but with the expectations this misunderstanding might bring. The 5’11”, 194-lbs Asham will likely never put up comparable numbers in the NHL. To assume so would be doing both he and the franchise an injustice. He wasn’t recalled based on his offensive production. Mainly it was due to injury problems combined with his increased competitiveness. Equally important is the fact that he’s a right-handed shot.

Lost in the Citadelles’ success, and more recently their lack of success has been the strong play of Marcel Hossa. He’s playing a solid overall game. The Slovakian is competing hard, and consistently putting his strong puck-protection skills on display. Although he’s not lighting it up offensively, he is getting his share of chances; he’s currently second on the team with 55 shots on goal. The adjustment to left wing has been relatively smooth, although his transition game (particularly along the half-boards in the defensive zone) could always use improvement.

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