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.

 

Kings College Prosepects

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings still have several prospects playing collegiately. Here is an update on some of them:


Noah Clarke- Colorado College-
The diminutive Clarke had another solid season. The California native had 12 goals and 20 assiss in 41 games as a sophomore. Clarke’s size appears to be his biggest potential downfall.


Jim Henkel- RPI-
Henkel has shown promise. Jim had 11 goals and 19 assists in 34 games for Renselaar. The junior forward has good size and has shown improvements in his game.


George Parros- Princeton-
Parros is among the most intriguing prospects for the Kings. He is huge- 6’5″, 215 pounds and has improved his game over the last season. He had 7 goals, 10 assists and was a +5. Parros had 44 penalty minutes, including 19 minor penalties. Keep your eye on his progress.


Matthew Yeats – Maine-
Yeats’s was the starting goaltender for the Black Bears for the entire season. He went an impressive 18-9-4 with a 2.40 GAA. His save percentage was a little low- .897. Yeats has the potential to be an NHL goalie and has shown he can prosper in a big-time college program.


Jason Crain- Ohio State-
Jason Crain was once considered among the top prospects for the Kings, and still is, although he has struggled at times over the last two seasons. Crain had only 2 goals and 6 assists and was a -6. Crain’s game has not progressed at the pace many thought it would, but his promise is undeniable.


Jay Kopischke- Notre Dame-
Jay is a physical player whose skills are not maximized by the college game, but Read more»

Bean Town scenario on flipping picks

by HF Staff
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Since this projected to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory the Oilers are in the driver’s seat so to speak. From the trade the Oilers have moved up 6 spots in the first round from 19th to 13th pick overall which does not sound significant but the talent seems to drop off a little after the 15th pick. Now the Kevin Lowe and Kevin Prendergast have a few options to mull over before draft day in June.

The ramifications of this decision could directly affect the future of this team over the next 2-3 years.
The first and most basic decision would be to hang on to the 13th pick and draft the best player available at that spot or a draft for need depending on player still on the board. With the extra pick in the second round they will be able to fill their stable for the future and have the problem of depth. With this particular choice they might be able to fill all the organizations needs on the farm team since the lack of depth at the goaltending and center positions are apparent, with offensive defenseman rounding out the three.

There is hope that if they stay at the 13th pick that one player from each position needed that they covet will drop a couple spots. Three possible defenseman may peak a lot of interest if they fall and in no particular order Michigan’s Mike Komisarek, Windsor’s Tim Gleason and Ryan Whitney from the U.S. developmental team. Obviously both goaltenders Dan Blackburn and Pascal Leclaire would be taken without hesitation and couple centers may slide down little because of maneuvering higher in the draft. Two intriguing cen Read more»

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic playoff games

by Robert Neuhauser
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The Czech Republic team looked to be in serious trouble after the preliminary round. They lost
the last game against Germany and this surprise caused them this trouble. They wanted to face
the third placed team of the Group A, but with a third place they had to play against the
second best team of the Group A. And this team was the USA squad. As usual, the Americans play
an aggresive in-your-face style of game, with lots of shooting and hitting. The Czech team,
used to the style of passing and passing, could have problems with the American style. But
the guys were motivated enough to beat the US guys and advance to the fight for a medal, which
would mean a great success.

The US team, where most of the team will not opt-in for this year’s draft, boasts a lot of
future NHLers. The names of Eric Nystrom, Jason Ryznar, Brian McConnell or smallish Dwight Helminen will be
soon the names to remember. The most outstanding star is Ryan Whitney, a player who could be
a top 10 pick if he opts in either in 2001 or 2002.
And the USA team stormed on the Czechs. They were very good in front
of Miroslav Kopriva in the net for the Czech Republic, where they tried to deflect and rebound
the shots. This led to two quick goals after five minutes played, Gionta and Brian McConnell
scored those goals while standing in front of Kopriva. After that was Kopriva replaced by
Martin Laska, who started playing well. And in the 15th minute Frantisek Bakrlik was able
to bring the puck behind the back of Travis Weber after passes from Lukas Chmelir and Petr
Puncochar. But Read more»

IHL NEWS: Young Has them All

by Andrew Bourgeois
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He’s the only player who’s captured the Calder Cup, taken the Turner Cup, manhandled the Memorial Cup and sipped from the Stanley Cup.

In his seven years in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Wolves, Young has achieved a comfortable level of celebrity.

And as a member of Wolves, league champions last season and in 1998, he gets to experience perks the rest of us can only write and read about.

“I got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game,” said Young.

“Last year, four of us sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.

“Before the game, we were behind home plate with the Turner Cup. They introduced all of us, gave a bit of a bio and the place was going crazy. It’s amazing the amount of people that knew us.

“Stuff like that makes it pretty cool.”

Besides his two Turner Cups, Young has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Calder Cup American Hockey League championship with the Hershey Bears in 1988, and a Memorial Cup major junior title with the Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

Young is the only player in hockey history to win all four titles.

“The guys that are really good hockey players will never get a chance to do it, because they’ll never play in the minors,” said Young.

“I was bad enough to play in the minors, good enough to play in the NHL, then bad enough to play in the minors again.

“Overall, how lucky was I to be on so many teams? … Whatever my talent level is, you could have that Read more»

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