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.

 

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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By Mike Buskus

Albany Week in Review #22

Rough road.

The road woes continue. Despite support from about 80 members of the Albany River Rats Booster Club, who made the trip to Portland, Manchester and Saint John (New Brunswick), the Albany River Rats failed to win a game on their recent road trip. The Rats took an overtime loss in Portland (3-2), tied in Manchester (4-4), and were soundly defeated at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick (6-2).

The current road troubles bring the winless streak away from home to ten games, the second time this season that the River Rats have traveled 10 games in a row without a win. The earlier winless on the road streak ran from October 5, 2001 (the season opener in Providence) to December 1, 2001. The current streak, of equal length, started on January 26 and, at the moment anyway, continues. Only the Cleveland Barons (at 11 in a row without a win) and the Hershey Bears (same number) have had worse road winless streaks this season. However, it is the second time this season for the Rats in the winless-in-ten situation.

The game in Portland went into overtime thanks to a late third-period goal by Steve Guolla (his 21st, leading the team). Jiri Bicek had opened the scoring early in the first, but a pair of Portland goals gave the Pirates the lead. With only seven seconds left in overtime, Trent Whitfield of the Pirates got his second of the night, to send away the Rats, 3-2.

In Manchester, at the new Verizon Arena, pairs of goals by Richard Rochefort and Jiri Read more»

U20 WJC 2002 Team Russia Player Review

by Eugene Belashchenko
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U20 WJC 2002 TEAM RUSSIA PLAYER REVIEW

U20 WJC 2002 TEAM RUSSIA PLAYER REVIEW

PART II: Forwards

By: Eugene Belashchenko (Special thanks to Robert Neuhauser and a Finnish
observer for their assistance on preparing this article.)

http://www.russianprospects.com

 

 

FORWARDSRead more»

Coyotes News and Notes

by Russell Brooks
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It has been a long time since I have done News and Notes. I figured there is enough material to put it in its own article this time.

Recalls:

Jason Jaspers earned his first NHL recall playing in his first game against Nashville and registering his first point, an assist, against the Detroit Red Wings three games later. Branko Radivojevic also earned his first professional call-up to the Coyotes this past week and played his first game against Columbus, which he earned an assist, his first point, on the game-winning goal by Daniel Briere. Overall, 7 Coyotes prospects have made their NHL debut, which include Grenier, Cullen (now Minnesota Wild property), Focht, DesRochers, Jaspers, Radivojevic, and Safronov.

Honors and Awards:

Branko Radivojevic earned AHL Sherwood player of the week honors for the week of February 10th. Radivojevic scored five goal and one assist which included his first his first professional hat trick during that span. Another former prospect, Jean-Guy Trudel was selected to play for the Canadians in the AHL all-star game, which he scored one goal and two assists. This was Trudel’s second consecutive all-star appearance for the Falcons. Josh Blackburn earned honorable mention for finishing as the one of the top six remaining point-getters in the balloting for the CCHA all-conference team.

Injury News:

Fredrik Sjostrom received a concussion on a open-ice hit courtesy of Brandon’s Reagan Leslie. Sjostrom has been out the past week and his timetable to return is uncert Read more»

Under The Rock

by Steve Gandour
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LEAFS YOUNG BOYES LIGHTING IT UP!

Trade talk abounds at the Air Canada Centre. Yet, a couple hundred miles away at the Tullio Arena, the Leafs future star attraction is ignoring all the talk and doing what he does best, playing hockey.

Brad Boyes is in the midst of a career high thirteen game point scoring streak, having recorded twenty-two points in that span. This streak has improved his season numbers to a very impressive thirty goals and seventy points in just forty-one games.

The Leafs top pick from the 2000 NHL entry draft is excited but not overwhelmed by the small taste of Leaf hockey he has had through two preseason camps. He expressed these feelings recently in an interview with Hockey Future’s Reporter Ken McKenna.

“At first, you’re in awe a little bit, but you get over that. You need to get over the awe quickly to try and play well. I’ve taken things from both camps, and hopefully I’ll improve on them next year.”

Brad feels confident in his skating abilities, but is still working on improving that aspect of his game.

“Over the summer, I try to get faster, and I try to get stronger. A lot of people say I need to work on it, and some say it’s not that bad. Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. I played a bunch of exhibition games this year (for Toronto), and I felt my skating wasn’t an issue. But, every year, every summer, I definitely try to work on getting faster, stronger and quicker.”

Brad has been credited by many scouts as having the best hockey sense on the ice of any OHL player. However, don’t b Read more»

Stat Update for Coyotes Prospects (3/06)

by Russell Brooks
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AHL:

Abid, Ramzi – LW – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 11 G, 16 A, 27 P, 162 PIM

Bezina, Goran – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 44 PIM

DesRochers, Patrick – G- Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: (AHL) 23 GP, 3.54 GAA, 6 W, 14 L, 71 GA
Stats: (NHL) 4 GP, 3.63 GAA, 0 W, 2 L, 11 GA

Focht, Dan – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: (AHL) 47 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 104 PIM
Stats: (NHL) 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 11 PIM

Grenier, Martin – D- Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: (NHL) 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM
Stats: (AHL) 53 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 207 PIM

Jaspers, Jason – C – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: (AHL) 55 GP, 21 G, 17 A, 38 P, 47 PIM
Stats: (NHL) 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 4 PIM

Safronov, Kirill – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: (AHL) 61 GP, 3 G, 19 A, 22 P, 21 PIM
Stats: (NHL) 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM

Westrum, Erik – C – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stats: 57 GP, 8 G, 24 A, 32 P, 106 PIM

UHL

Andreyev, Alex – D – Binghamton Icemen (UHL)
Stats: 28 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 41 PIM

College

Blackburn, Josh – G – Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
Stats: 35 GP, 2.27 GAA, 21 W, 9 L, 79 GA

Klema, David – C – Boston University (H.E.) Read more»

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