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.

 

Rangers Top 30 Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Welcome Fans. Please meet the Rangers top 30 prospects…

1. Pavel Brendl - Premier goal scorer who is a superstar in the making. Arguably the current best prospect in the NHL, Brendl flashed his talents on the World stage, leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal in the 2001 World Junior Championships with 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games.

2. Mike Mottau - Surefire future top 3 defenseman in the NHL. Is currently rounding out his game in Hartford. An offensive-minded defenseman who loves to hit and play physical and a future power play Quarterback.

3. Jamie Lundmark - A hardworking, high-scoring center. Lundmark was traded to Seattle of the WHL early in the season and has turned that whole entire team around and now they are on their way to becoming legitimate playoff contenders. A future captain in the NHL, Lundmark plays with a lot of heart and has a great work ethic.

4. Johan Holmqvist - Although Vitali Yeremeyev has been the most surprising Rangers goalie prospect this year, the future still remains in the hands of Holmqvist. He’s only 22 and is having a very solid year in Hartford of the AHL.

5. Tomas Kloucek - Currently playing in the NHL with the Rangers, Tomas has a bright future ahead of him. A future top 4 defenseman, Kloucek plays a steady stay-at-home defensive game and very rarely makes a mistake on the ice. Brian Leetch was quoted as saying about Kloucek, “He’s going to be one heck of a hockey player.”

6. Jason Labarbera - Don’t let the numbers fool you. Labarbera has playe Read more»

Rangers prospect stats update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 12/31/00 to 1/12/01

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    26  29  23  52   24   21
               Czech    WJC     7   4   6  10    8    8

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 4 PIM, +2


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    20  17  17   34  19   3
               Canada    WJC     7   4   3    7   6   4

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, 4 PIM, +3


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    40  13  28  41   42   20

This Week: 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +6


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    42  27  23  50   16  -15

This Week: 5 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   33  11   20   31  68  +5

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    23  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: No Games Played Read more»

Prospects get a look

by pbadmin
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Because of injuries many prospects have been called up from Cincy. And some of these prospects are here to stay. Petr Tenkrat is probably the most notable. His ability coupled with his work ethic has made him stand out with his 8 pts (4-4) in 10 games. The game winning goal in overtime against the Panthers will be embedded in Gauthier’s mind for a long time to come. Definitely a highlight real to communicate the effort that is expected to upcoming team members and veterans alike.

Giguere has been recently called up with Roussel being claimed off waivers by Edmonton. Although Giguere is 0-2 as a Duck in the big pond, he is an all-star in the minors and one of the main reasons the Cincy club is hovering in the upper echelon of the AHL standings. Look for Giguere to start more games this season in order to gain some valuable experience.

Andy McDonald the Hobey Baker finalist has potential to be strong in a position the Ducks are loaded with at Center. We’ve already seen him called up a couple of times this season where he’s getting a feel for the big leagues. Andy will probably center the 3rd or 4th line next year. Expect a steady stream of prospects to be called up and down the rest of the season to evaluate their potential with the big boys given the Ducks position in the playoff picture. After the stream trickles down it would not surprise me to hear rumors of a drastic trade to a team needing extra firepower in the playoffs for a good crop of prospects and/or draft picks. But remember, they’re rumors until Gauthier pulls the trigger.

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Berard news: Media reports this week indicated that there may now be renewed hope for Maple Leafs’ defenseman Bryan Berard in his bid to resume a once promising NHL career … Berard recently consulted with Connecticut-based eye specialist Dr. Donald Teig who is said to be optimistic that surgery to replace the lens in Berard’s right eye could give him the necessary 20/400 vision needed to play in the NHL again … before this can happen, Bryan requires at least one more procedure to clean up scar tissue left over from the original injury … after this has been accomplished, a decision can be made on the eye’s ability to hold such an artificial lens in place … if it can be successfully implanted, the lens would essentially replace the iris that Berard has lost and he would have a legitimate chance to pass a qualifying sight test … the Maple Leafs have been completely unable to replace Berard’s sheer bravado on the blueline and would certainly welcome him back with open arms if he can play again …

Rumours: The ACC was abuzz when principal owner Steve Stavro visited with Pat Quinn in the Coach’s room following the loss to Washington on the 6th – speculation centered on a major player move that might require high level approval (to significantly alter the team’s payroll) – it is also widely believed that getting Eric Lindros i Read more»

ECHL Roundup

by Parker Neale
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It is just past the midway point in the ECHL 2000-01 season and a number of teams are already threatening to run away with their divisions. Trenton has dominated all season and currently has a ten point lead over second-place Richmond. In the Northwest, Peoria and Dayton are both on four game winning streaks and are within two points of each other for the division lead. However, Toledo is a distant nine points behind second-place Dayton. In the Southeast, South Carolina has been able to ride their league-best sixteen road wins to a strong thirteen point lead over second-place Pee Dee. And, Louisiana has a seven point lead over Jackson in the Southwest. Look for all of these teams to contend for the Kelly Cup when all is said and done.

In terms of individual player statistics, the top five point-getters have been consistent all year long. They are, in order, Brent Cullaton or Tallahassee, Jeff Bes of Pensacola, Dany Bousquet of Pee Dee, Scott King of Charlotte and Jay Murphy of Louisiana. These players also dominate the leaderboard for goals and assists with Bousquet leading the league in goals with twenty-eight and Cullaton tied with Kevin Hilton of Charlotte for most assists with thirty-four. In terms of penalty minutes, Kevin McDonald of Roanoke has 212 in 39 games while second-place Jason Hamilton of Wheeling has an impressive 211 in only 27 games.

Between the pipes, it is not surprising that there is a direct relationship between the best goalies and the best teams. The top five goaltenders by GAA are Scott Stirling of Trenton, Jody Leh Read more»