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.

 

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey registered 5 assists through 7 games since our last update. He was shutout during a January 2nd game against St. John, thereby ending a season-high 5-game point-scoring streak. He’s played strong defensively since his return, raising his plus/minus from +1 to +5 after missing 14 games with a wrist injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 23 games. He has 13 points (5-8-13), and is +5 with 10 minutes in penalties. The 20-year old rookie was also named to the PlanetUSA AHL all-star team.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon has rebounded from a poor stretch of play he experienced immediately following his return to Québec. He’s undefeated in his last 6 games. Through that same stretch he’s lowered his GAA by close to half a goal per game, and raised his save percentage 20 points. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 9-3-5 record with 2.70 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard registered 1 assist in 2 games following our last update. He injured his shoulder during a December 27th game against Portland, and is tentatively scheduled to return within the week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 30 games. He has 26 points (11-15-26), with 8 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, only 1 of his 11 goals has been scored on the powerplay; which speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. His plus/minus is even, and he also has 94 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/ Read more»

Hockey’s Future Announces New Affiliation

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It is Hockey’s Future goal to provide the most in-depth information on prospects and youth hockey in the world. With our ongoing progress towards meeting our aspirations we encourage our readership to be proactive in our venture. At Hockey’s Future we believe you are the backbone to the success of the publication. We welcome all comments and concerns in any aspect regarding Hockey’s Future and the role we can play in the future’s of young hockey players.

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Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/06

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The Calder Corner

Atlanta’s wonder-twin’s slowed down this week, but they would have had a hard time holding of HF’s Prospect of the Week Mikka Kiprusoff. Kiprusoff saw action in all 3 of San Jose’s games this week and went 3-0-0 with a stellar .974 Save Percentage. For this amazing week, Mikka Kiprusoff truly deserves to take home the weekly honors.


Team Player
ATL
4 Games
Tjarnqvist: 2 Assists
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (17)
Heatley:1 Goal (16)
BOS 4 Games
Boynton: 1 Assist
Girard: 1 Assist
BUF 3 Games
1 Game: Noronen: 11 Shots, 9 Saves Read more»

Top Prospects Game Rosters Announced

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SASKATOON – Three members of Canada’s silver medal winning team from the
World Junior Hockey Championships are among the players who will take part
in the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, January 31 in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan.

The celebrity coaches for this year’s game, Hockey Night in Canada
commentator and former WHL goaltending star Kelly Hrudey and former WHL star
and Toronto Maple Leaf, Dave “Tiger” Williams, were in Saskatoon Monday to
help announce the names of the 40 players who will participate in the
events,
which this year includes a Skills Competition. The Canadian Hockey League,
along with the 2002 Home Hardware Top Prospects Organizing Committee,
announced the rosters for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, as
selected by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Department, at a
media conference in Saskatoon.

The full rosters are listed below. This year’s game takes place at
Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Thursday, January 31 and
features the top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as selected
by the NHL’s Central Scouting Department. The game will be broadcast live on
Rogers Sportsnet.

Virtually every player to perform in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects
Game has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Such current NHL stars as Joe
Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, David Legwand, Scott Gomez, Chris
Phillips, Alex Tanguay and Eric Brewer have appeared in the
Game.

Forty of the best young prospects in the CHL will appear in this Read more»

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