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.

 

KIBIHT 2001: Top Teams Start To Emerge

by Glen Crichton
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With two days completed (some scores were not in at time of
printing), the top teams are beginning to show
themselves at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey
Tournament. The Kelowna Jr. Rockets and Edmonton Lions lead the Red
Division after two wins and then playing to a draw when facing each
other. The Orange Division is led by the Airdrie Xtreme and Toronto
Young Nationals at 2-0, while the Green Divsion is led by the Wexford
Raiders at 2-0. The Detroit Honeybaked Hams lead the Blue Division at
3-0.

Kelowna and Edmonton both have smooth skating clubs that like to
run and gun. Kelowna isn’t quite as big as the Edmonton team, however
they are very gritty. After seeing the two teams play to a draw I
felt that Kelowna was fortunate to do so as their goaltender was
bailed out numerous times after the puck would get through him, then
have a teammate stop the puck from crossing the line or clearing it
out of danger. Kelowna was also outshot in the contest but found a
way to stay in it which says a lot about their gritty play. It
appears as though these two teams will fight it out for top spot in
the divsion.

In the Orange divison, Airdrie and Toronto both have 2-0
records, however both teams were meeting in an important match-up
tonight as this was going to print. I’ve only seen the Xtreme play
once and have yet to see Toronto play so I really can’t compare the
two teams. The game in which I saw Airdrie play, they played a run
and gun style game, leaving their goaltender to save the day on more
than one o Read more»

Slovak Division 1 League Review 2000-01

by Daniel Kysel
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SLOVAK DIVISION I LEAGUE – REVIEW 2000-01

Regular season of Slovak Division I League is over. The two best teams –Zilina and Nitra have been promoted and will play in Extraliga in the next season. This league was played without playoffs.

Stats of selected players:

Name, team			GP	G	A	Pts	+/-	PIM
Rene Pucher, Presov		38	31	39	70	+49	40
Richard Safarik, Zilina		39	11	38	49	+38	12
Miroslav Kristin, Zilina	39	29	11	40	+38	26
Ondrej Kavulic, Prievidza	32	7	17	24	+5	30
Rene Jarolin, Sp.N.Ves		27	13	9	22	+13	10
Peter Holecko, Sp.N.Ves		38	10	12	22	+9	22

Name, team			GP	Min.	GAA	SV%
Stanislav Kozuch, Zilina	30	1666	1,47	0,926
Matus Kostur, Nitra/Prievidza	32	1837	2,06	0,913
Ramon Sopko, Sp.N.Ves		33	1821	2,27	0,902

Quick review of top players and most interesting juniors on the league:

Rene Pucher (C, Presov, 1970) was a leading scorer in goals, assists as well as in the +/-. Former national team player is able to play in any top European Elite league. He collected 70 points in 38 games.

Stanislav Kozuch (G, Zilina, 71) was a leading goalie. His stats are very impressive however he played behind the best defense.

Matus Kostur (G, Nitra/Prievidza, 28.03.80, 6’0” 182 lb) was picked by New Jersey in last year. Matus was the best goalie of the league. Although I expected him to see on Extraliga, Zvolen’s coach sent him on the farm team then he was loaned to Nitra. He recorded amazing 0,932 saving percentage Read more»

Calder Cup series moves to Norfolk due to riots

by Corine Gatti
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The AHL announced today that due to the riots in Cincinnati and civil unrest and to maintain the safety of the fans and the players, the second game of the Calder Cup series will be moved to Norfolk.

The second game originally to be played at Cincinnati on Friday night will be moved down to the South a day earlier. Originally both team where both scheduled to fly together to Norfolk Saturday afternoon.
Norfolk who is leading the series, won the first game in OT 5-4.

Big Decision for the Coyotes

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The Phoenix Coyotes have a big decision to make before June 1st, 2001. Should they sign Moose Jaw Warriors’ Center Scott Kelman or let him reenter the 2001 Entry Draft? That is the question.

The Coyotes drafted the 6’2 188 pound Winnipeg native in the 1st Round (15th Overall) of the 1999 Entry Draft with the pick they received along with Travis Green when they dealt defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky back to Anaheim. Phoenix saw a chance to take a character player in Kelman who has a lot of heart, is a physical presence and gives it his best effort every game. The only knock on Kelman was his offensive abilities. Scouts were not convinced that he would be able to be a scorer in the NHL. And they were right.

Nearly two years later, many hockey people feel Kelman has not improved at all since being drafted, despite scoring a career high 20 goals this season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Kelman was dealt to the Warriors in the beginning of the season in the deal that saw star New York Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark head the other way to Seattle. The Coyotes have to decide whether Kelman is worth 1st round money and be confident that he could become that 2nd line center they saw in him when they drafted him. If they decide to not sign him, Scott will reenter the 2001 Entry Draft and it’s anyone’s guess where he will end up. If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say Kelman wouldn’t be taken higher than the 3rd round. The Coyotes would also receive a 2nd round pick in compensation for letting Kelman go. The pick would likely be in the late 30′s to the earl Read more»

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic Team Preview

by Robert Neuhauser
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The eyes of almost all NHL scouts now focus on the Finnish cities Lahti, Heinola and the
capital Helsinky. The Under-18 WJC, a hilight for the players preparing for the NHL Entry
Draft, takes place in Finland between April, 12th, 2001 and April, 22nd, 2001. The Czech team,
however he is very succesfull at the Under-20 WJC, is still overcoming a six year drought
for a medal. Only twice since the break of Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Czechs were able to
bring home a medal. This was in 1993 and 1994 when they finished with a back-to-back bronze medal.

That year, 1994, the Czech boasted the likes of current NHLers like Tomas Vokoun in goal, Petr
Buzek and Pavel Trnka on defense and Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Vaclav Varada, Radek Dvorak,
Jan Hlavac, Josef Marha and Jan Hrdina on forward. Last year the Under-18 WJC was a sixth place disaster
and only three of the 13 players eligible were selected in the draft. Coming back from the
previous year’s team are Jiri Novotny and Petr Puncochar.

This year it’s a whole new squad, which has a big change.

For the first time in history the
head coach Jiri Kalous was permitted to select also players playing in the CHL this season.

That is mainly to the big success of the CHL players with the Under-20 team, where they
contributed heavily to the golden success. In this historic moment Jiri Kalous selected three
players, Lukas Krajicek of the Peterborough Petes and Jan Platil of the Barrie Colts on defense
and Frantisek Bakrlik, also from the Colts, on forward. They should boost the team’s ov Read more»

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