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.

 

Bolt Bits

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Scouting Staff Slimmed

With a new General Manager comes a new team philosophy and with a new philosophy comes new priorities. With emphasis being placed on team toughness and current performance, focus is being taken off of the future. In one of his first major moves as General Manager, Jay Feaster has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Scouting Staff will take a big hit in his reorganization of the team. The Bolts currently have 24 traveling scouts on their payroll. That number will be reduced to 12. Amongst those to go, is ex-Lightning Assistant Coach John Torchetti. The Lightning’s Scouting Department had previously been one of the largest in the league and had been accountable for some of the best draft picks in Lighting history.

Feaster explained, “At the beginning of the year we were handed a pot to work with and if our scouting department takes up $2.1 million and I can reduce that to say, $1 million, then that’s $1.1 million I can put into players salaries.”


More Goaltender Woes

Goaltender Brian Eklund has watched from the sidelines as his team, Brown University, enjoys one of the best streaks in recent team history. Eklund is 3-5-0, while his counter part Yanis Danis, is 11-8-2 with a 1.76 GAA. Putting Eklund, the former number one for Brown, two steps behind.

The last game Eklund appeared in was a 5-2 loss to Yale on January 11th, where he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots.

In Eklund’s tenure at Brown, the team has never won more than 6 games a season. Now, with the team Read more»

Carolina Prospects Statistical Update

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This report is not intended to track player progress since the last update, but to simply provide statistics for all of the Hurricane prospects.


Forwards

Brad DeFauw – Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)
(Born: 11/10/77, Height, Weight: 6-3, 210 pounds)
(51 GP, 15 G, 15 A, 30 P, 27 PIM)

Mike Zigomanis – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(58 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 18 PIM)

Tomas Kurka – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/14/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(50 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 P, 16 PIM)

Brett Lysak – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/12/80, 6-0, 190 pounds)
(47 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 P, 24 PIM)

Jaroslav Svoboda – Lowell Lock Monsters
(06/01/80, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(50 GP, 7 G, 11 A, 18 P, 41 PIM)

Jeff Heerema – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/80, 6-1, 180 pounds)
(55 GP, 25 G, 28 A, 53 P, 61 PIM)

Ryan Bayda – University of North Dakota (NCAA)
(12/09/80, 5-11, 185 pounds)
(31 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 15 PIM, +9)

David Evans – Clarkson University (NCAA)
(02/17/80, 6-2, 200 pounds)
(28 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 P, 16 PIM)

Craig MacDonald – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/07/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(57 GP, 16 G, 18 A, 34 P, 61 PIM)

Ian MacNeil – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/27/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(58 GP, 9 G, 14 A, 23 P, 93 PIM) Read more»

Colorado Prospect Update (3/3/02)

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Juniors:

Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 46 GP, 35 G, 36 A, 71 P, 52 PIM, +6

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 2 G, 16 A, 18 P, 65 PIM, +23

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 11-17-4, 3.58 GAA. .875 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 22 G, 32 A, 54 P, 51 PIM, -21

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 57 GP, 16 G, 12 A, 28 P, 232 PIM, -13

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 57 GP 5 G, 27 A, 32 P, 33 PIM, Even

Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 14 G, 11 A, 25 P, 115 PIM, -27

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 56 GP, 10 G, 14 A, 24 P, 112 PIM, +7

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 36 G, 55 A, 91 P, 120 PIM, +50

Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 21 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P, 39 PIM, -2

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 38 GP, 24-9-4, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more»

Youngsters at the Olympics

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It was definitely obvious from the beginning that the focus of this tournament was clearly on the hundred or so NHL players who were participating in this year’s Winter Olympics. However, there were some young prospects from different countries who were able to step up and make an impact on their team. These Olympics gave fans an opportunity to see some European players for the first time. Here is a look at how some of the youngsters did during this tournament.

Oliver Setzinger, C, Austria, 18 yrs old, Drafted: 3rd Rnd (2001) by Nashville Read more»

Hurricanes Battle For Playoff Spot

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After a great start to the season the Hurricanes have found themselves in a dog fight with the Hitmen and Tigers for the last two playoff spots in the Central division. With only 7 games left what do the Canes need to do in order to secure a playoff spot……

Well the Hurricanes need every win they can get.

Friday night against the Rebels the Canes put in a great effort but fell short on National TV against the countries #1 team.

The next night they were in Cranbrook to take on the Ice. Cranbrook kid Logan Koopmans backstopped the Canes to an important 2-0 win over the Ice. That was Logan’s second shutout of the year. Those two shutouts are the only two the team has this year.

The Hurricanes have six games left this year. Three on the road and then they come home for three to finish the season.

The Canes play each of the Tigers and Hitmen once, a rematch with the Rebels and three games against the Broncos.

The games against the Tigers and the Hitmen will most likely be deciding factors as to where the Canes end up in the standings.

The Broncos and the Rebels will be very tough games for the Hurricanes.

Lethbridge must concentrate on playing good defensive hockey. They have the talent up front and if they play good in their own end chances will come.

The road to the playoffs begins Tuesday for the Canes in Medicine Hat.

Check here Tuesday morning for a recap of that game.

In Lethbridge
Dustin Nielson

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