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.

 

The OHL Names the Players of the Month

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for December 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Kevin Dallman, Guelph Storm

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for December is Guelph Storm defenceman
Kevin Dallman, who scored seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 11
games to help the Storm to a 4-2-3-1 record last month.

Dallman, the Storm captain, leads all OHL defencemen in scoring this season
with 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points in 38 games. He recorded points
in 10 of the Storm’s 11 games last month, and scored a hat trick December 9
against Ottawa.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Petr Taticek, Sault Ste. Marie

The OHL Rookie of the Month for December is Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
centre Petr Taticek, who scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points in
nine games.

Taticek, an 18-year-old Czech native, scored goals in five of the
Greyhounds’ nine games last month, including a two-goal game December 30
against London.

Taticek, the Greyhound’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, is a
highly rated prospect for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He is second among
Greyhounds scorers with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 38 games.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – David Chant, Barrie Colts

The OHL Goaltender of the Month for December is David Chant of the Barrie
Colts, who posted a 4-2-0 record, along with a 1.48 goals against average
and .954 save percentage, in six games.

Chant, a 20-year-old native of Toronto, appeared in six of Read more»

WJC: Interview with Alexander Suglobov

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HF: It was hard to find information about you and your career on the internet. Could you tell me where how your career has been so far?

Suglobov: I have no idea why there’s not that much info on the internet, but I have played for Spartak Moscow first then for Yaroslavl, St.Petersburg and Salavat UFA and now I play for Yaroslavl again.

HF: You were drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you know when you will be skating in North America?

Suglobov: No, right now I don’t have any plans for that yet

HF: What about moving to a different European league. Is that an option for you?

Suglobov: No, I don’t see that happen really.

HF: At what age and where did you start playing hockey?

Suglobov: I started when I was seven in Elektrostal, a town in the Moscow region. It is the also the town where I was born

HF: Who is/was your role model in hockey?

Suglobov: I don’t have one.

HF: What are your favourite teams in Russia and in the NHL?

Suglobov: In Russia it is Elektrostal, in the NHL it are the New Jersey Devils

HF: What are your hobby’s?

Suglobov: I like going to cinema a lot

HF: Thank you Aleksandr for taking time to talk to us

WJC: Interview with Raffaele Sannitz

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Was it possible to beat Canada ?

We were convinced it was possible, we have lost but we could have won. For sure it’s a very strong and complete team, but we had our chances too in the first period. Unfortunately we took some stupid goals.

After Beat Forster’s mistakes, did you support him ?

Everyone makes mistakes, we all know such things happen. We tried to motivate him, he knows we won’t blame him. It’s a collective responsibility, it does not depend on one player.

You dominated the third period. Could you have done the same if Canada wouldn’t have led 1-0 ?

Yes, I think so. They were more compact in defence as they were leading, but we got our chances throughout the whole game. Also in the first period when it was 0-0, we could have scored.

Was Canada better than in the first round game ?

No, I think they were the same. As far as we are concerned, we put more heart in the game today, and I think they did the same because it’s a semifinal.

Your group was probably the better one as all semifinalists come from there. Does it help you to have a better pace in the quarter final ?

It has helped us, but it wasn’t only that. Slovakia had a good team, but we knew them quite well. We played them twice in August, lost once and had a tie, I think. Yesterday we fully deserved our victory.

The fourth place often looks like a malediction for Swiss teams…

That’s right. But last year I achieved a second place in the Under 18 World Championships. We managed to win the semifinal. Read more»

Head to Head: Milan Kraft Vs. Kris Beech

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Milan Kraft VS Kris Beech

We have an unfair battle hhere. Beech has posted many more points then Kraft
this season and Kraft just got send to the minors. Beech won the first
“battle” between the two top prospects of the Penguins, but the war is not
done yet.

Overall Offensive Game:

If you look at Milan Kraft’s stats this season you’re probable gonna
conclude that he was struggling badly. But stats aren’t everything in this
wonderful sport, he was actually one of the most dangerous forward for the
Pens for some games. Kraft is able to get alot of scoring chances but he has the
unfortunate tendency to not capitalize on them. If Kraft can finally find the back of the net regularly, he will become the forward the Pens saw in him
at the 1998 draft. As for Kris Beech, he came in Pittsburgh with great
expectations after being traded for arguably the most skilled player in the
world, Jaromir Jagr. In my mind Beech hasn’t been a disappointment so far. He has showed some really
good skills and hockey sense for a youngster. But nothing has been easy for
the Penguins this year and appearing on the score sheet is sometimes “mission
impossible”. If Beech would have played with
offensive system that was utilized by the Penguins the past couple years, he would have
twice as many points. Beech creates a lot of scoring chances with his
incredible offensive assets but he took awhile to score his first NHL
goal.

Both potential future stars have seen Ice-time during the struggling Penguins
Powerplay this year. Result? They simply d Read more»

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