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.

 

Top 20 Panther prospects

by Mark Fischel
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Hockey’s Future is proud to announce the all new and improved updated Panthers Team Page. After countless debates, several fist-fights, the top 20 Panther prospects for the upcoming 2001-2002 season is listed below for your enjoyment.


Florida Panthers Top 20 Prospects

1.Kristian Huselius, Left Wing
Possibly the best prospect in Europe and the best player in the Swedish Elite League, the emergence of Huselius and his dominant play made it very easy to envision him on the second line of the Panthers. He has come to contract terms and will be counted on to make the adjustment to the NHL as soon as possible and provide a 2nd line scoring option.

2. Denis Shvidki, Right Wing
Quickly adjusted to the AHL and the physical play, Denis broke two AHL All-Star records and scored 24 points in 32 games in Louisville. At a late season call-up, Denis scored 7 points in his last 14 games and improved his play in all 3 zones. He is ready to play in the NHL and may not be hindered by getting reduced ice-time on the 3rd line for the next few years.

3. Stephen Weiss, Center Read more»

Blues Prospect Vikingstad: “No” to Blues

by Evan Andriopoulos
on

One of Norway`s premier players who has spent the last seasons playing in Sweden for Leksand has decided to pass on the nearly 100.000 USD offer from the Blues as it was a two way offer which did not guarantee a roster spot in the NHL. If Vikingstad was to be demoted he would spend time at Worcester of the AHL and if recalled his salary would increase 5 times.

Vikingstad is now entertaining the thought of playing in Germany with fellow Norwegian Trond Magnussen for a larger one way contract at Dusseldorf. Vikingstad is also looking at his former Swedish club Leksand as well as Fårjestad and a couple Norwegian clubs.

Other News and Notes from Norway: Anders Myrvold of the Springfield Falcons(AHL) and New York Islanders turned down their contract offer and is now an unrestricted free agent. Myrvold played sparingly in New York last season and is said to be entertaining offers from several other NHL clubs.

Toronto’s New Czech Checker

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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Most Bud draftniks greeted the selection of Karel Pilar in the second round with a collective ‘huh?’ when his name was called from the podium in late June. Little was known about the defender in the original media dispatches except for his height (6’1″) his weight (201 to 215 pounds depending on who you believe) and the fact that he played with recent Leaf acquisition Robert Reichel for Litvinov in the Czech Extra League. His stats on the year, 12 goals and 38 assists in 52 games (which lead Extra League defenders) came in shortly there after. But there is more to Pilar than simply statistics and measurements.

According to Robert Neuhauser, HF’s hockey correspondent in the Czech Republic, Pilar is actually a thinking player on the ice. He almost always opts for the safe play when there is any risk involved and is positionally very sound in his own zone. While he has the size to compete physically, his corner work and clearing work do need to improve at this stage in his career. His skating easily makes the grade and his lateral movement and pivot are NHL ready.

Offensively, the Czech rearguard again usually opts for the safe play, never forcing a shot or trying to thread the needle when attacking. That said, his right-handed shot from the point, while not in the Modin/MacInnis class in velocity, has an uncanny knack of getting through to the net and is easily deflected by forwards there. This and his hockey smarts should make him valuable on the Leaf powerplay where, all too often last year, the point shot either never came or never reached its int Read more»

Penguins Payroll Analysis

by Stephen Payne
on

Here is an overview of what Craig Patrick has to work with for the Penguins’
payroll this season:

Listed below are the players from last year’s team that are unrestricted free
agents that we will most likely not sign (or have already been signed by
another team):


Name/Age/Position/Last Year’s Salary/New Team (If Signed)/New Salary for This
Year


Josef Beranek
, 31, Forward, $770,000, None
Marc Bergevin, 35, Defense, $875,000, None
Bob Boughner, 30, Defense, $950,000, Calgary Flames, 3 years, $6.6 million
Garth Snow, 31, Goaltender, $600,000, New York Islanders, 2 years, $2.3 million

Listed below are the players that have been traded:


Name/Age/Position/Last Year’s Salary/Salary This Year/ New Team


Jaromir Jagr
, 29, Forward, $9,482,708, $10 million, Washington Capitals
Frantisek Kucera, 33, Defense, $1.2 million, $1.2 million, Washington Capitals

Listed below are the restricted free agents that the Penguins have allowed to
sign with other teams:


Name/Age/Position/Last Year’s Salary

Rene Corbet, 28, Forward, $825,000
Steve McKenna, 27, Forward, $450,000

Listed below are Penguin players already with salaries for this year:


Name/Age/Position/This Year’s Salary


Robert Dome
, 22, Forward, $850,000
Andrew Ference, 22, Defense, $400,000
Hans Jonsson, 27, Defense, $800,000
Milan Kraft, 21, Forward, $975,000 Read more»

News on Hecht, Ustorf, Benda and the Oilers

by Oliver Janz
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Hecht signed for hometeam Adler Mannheim

Forward Jochen Hecht made a surpising announcement. He signed a one year contract with his former team in germany, Adler Mannheim. The DEL-champion held a press conference and you saw Hecht with his new jersey with the number 77. Why did he sign for Mannheim? The whole story: The 24 year old center became an restricted free agent after the season. He talked to his manager and his agent and they let him know the Blues will sign him to a new multi year contract. But, Hecht went back to germany to marry his girlfriend Christina in his hometown and no one talked to him till he received a message from his agent: The Blues traded him together with Jan Horacek and Marty Reasoner to Edmonton for Doug Weight and Michel Riesen. That shocked Hecht very much. “I know that this can happen, but i don’t like it!”

Jochen Hecht is still without a NHL-contract. So, remember Petr Nedved, he played in the czech republic to set the management under pressure. The only reason fot these movements is the money. One more time Hecht: “It’s a pleasure for me to play for the Oilers, a team Gretzky and Messier played for in the past. I want to play for them and i want to sign a good contract.” Hecht will play for Read more»

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