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.

 

Jackets NCAA Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Jackets NCAA Update

Tim Jackman(Forward) – MSU-Mankato(WCHA)

Jackman has shown a significant amount of offensive growth in comparison to last season, which he registered 25 points(11-14-25) in 37 games. This season, he’s already improved upon his totals, putting up 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 29 games. He sits 25th in PPG in the WCHA conferance, behind the likes of Jeff Taffe and Mark Cullen among others.

Tyler Kolarik(Forward) – Harvard(ECAC)

Like Jackman, Kolarik has continued to show growth from his freshman year, which he registered 28 points(13-15-28). This season, in only 22 games, he has tallied 8 goals and 24 points(8-16-24), better than a PPG average. His vision with the puck has been quite good, as hilighted by his team leading 16 assists. Kolarik also leads the team in points, 3 ahead of Bruins prospect Brett Nowak

Peter Zingoni(Forward) – Providence(HEA)

Like his NCAA companions, Zingoni has also seen his offensive progress increase in his junior year. 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists last season in 28 games has been improved apon thus far by posting 6 goals and 15 points(6-9-15) in 23 games thus far. His +9 sits him second on his team in that category.

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Cibak gets a look-see, Dudley resigns

by pbadmin
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Cibak Gets a Look-See

After a disappointing trip to Springfield following an impressive training camp, center Martin
Cibak
has finally managed to find his way back to Tampa Bay. The 21 year old had 4 goals
and 8 assists in 45 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) this season, though serving
limited third line duties.

Injury to Alternate Captain Vincent Lecavalier opened the door for Cibak, who averaged over
13 minutes through his first two NHL games. He recorded his first NHL point, as assist on
Zdeno Cigar’s first period goal, last night in Washington and created numerous other scoring
opportunities.

While he names physicality and his solid defensive play as his biggest attributes, Cibak is also
a very talented play maker, with good vision of the ice. Given the mounting injuries to the
struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, Cibak could easily find himself donning Blue and Silver for
the remainder of the season.



GM Gives In

After nearly three hair-pulling season as the Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager, Rick
Dudley has finally thrown in the towel. Plagued by budget constraints and trade restrictions,
Dudley recently realized that Palace Sports & Entertainment ( Lightning owners) would never
make it to his page, and in fact, had closed the book long ago.

How to build a team by Rick Dudley is a very intriguing story. Wit Read more»

Capitals Prospects Working Hard

by Josh Land
on

Two words describe the Washington Capitals’ four games in six night
stretch between
the All-Star Break and Olympic Break: “hard work.” Washington went
undefeated (3-0-1),
taking 7 of 8 points during the most critical part of their season.

Prior to
the All-Star Break, the
Capitals’ season seemed like a lost cause. The team had lost 7 of 8 games
and was struggling to
produce offensively. The worst part of the team’s slide was a complete lack
of effort. Now,
entering the Olympic Break, the team is working harder than they have all
season and the team’s
youth is a very large part of the newfound commitment to playing spirited,
smart hockey.

During the last days before the Olympic Break, the Capitals added two
more young
players to the roster, recalling forward Glen Metropolit and goaltender
Sebastien Charpantier
(to replace the injured Olaf Kolzig) from Portland. Charpantier did not play
in any games during
his brief stint with the Caps and Metropolit played in both games against
Tampa Bay during his
time with Washington. During the second half of Monday night’s 3-1 victory
over Tampa Bay,
Metropolit was very effective playing on Jaromir Jagr’s left wing. Despite
having no points in
the game, he finished with a +2 defensive rating. If Metropolit can maintain
the intensity with
which he played during the first two games of this stint with the Caps, he
may be able to hold
onto a place on the team’s top line.

During the four game unbeaten streak, no young player has been more
impressive than
forward Read more»

Dallas = Star

by Aleah Scheick
on

He led the rookies in assists with 10, was second among the rookies in scoring and goals, was voted co-rookie of the year by his teammates in the 2000-2001 season as a freshman at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), and is currently tied for first with four other skaters for game winning goals in the WCHA. “Who is it?” you may ask. #37 of the Seawolves, Dallas Steward.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to develop a friendship with Dallas in my short time of going to school here so far. We both can relate to many things, the main one, being so far from home since he is a native of Wisconsin and I am from Michigan. Going to every home game and watching Dallas play along with the others is great enjoyment! He may be small, but his sheer determination and speed doesn’t let anything get in the way. Just recently I had the chance to sit down one-on-one to interview him.

Steward a 5’5, 172 lb, sophomore forward sure has many fond memories in his hockey career with more along the way. However he credits those that have helped him along his path of success. When asked who he felt has helped him in making it this far in hockey, Steward was sure to recognize everyone with the response, “Definitely great coaches! Jim Cherrier (youth hockey coach), and Scott Parker for two years at home. Then at the age of 16, I left home for Minnesota to play for Beniled St. Margarets, coached by Ken Pauly. After playing there I headed to Green Bay to play for Mark O’Seiky of the Green Bay Gamblers, a Junior A team in the USHL. Last, but not least, the support from s Read more»

The CHL Daily News

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GUELPH STORM SLIP INTO BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS

The Guelph Storm, the host team of the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, slipped
into the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the first time this
season in Week 17 of the CHL’s ranking of top 10 teams, as selected by a
panel of National Hockey League scouts.

The Storm has won four consecutive games and moved into second place in the
Western Conference standings and third overall in points in the Ontario
Hockey League. That surge was enough to nudge Guelph into 10th spot in the
weekly rankings, as the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors are dropped from the
list after two weeks in the number 10 position.

The rest of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 remains the same as last
week, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League leading the way for the 10th consecutive week.

Acadie-Bathurst managed just one point from two games this week, an overtime
loss, but the Titan managed to cling to top spot over the Plymouth Whalers
of the OHL, who remain in second place after a 2-2 record in four games this
week. The Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, on a 14-game winning streak, are still
third after winning another two games this week.

The remainder of the list is identical to last week’s. The Shawinigan
Cataractes of the QMJHL won a pair of games and they stay in fourth; the
Barrie Colts of the OHL were 1-2 but still held on to fifth spot, and the
Swift Current Broncos of the WHL went 1-1-1 and remain in sixth spot.

Rounding out the Bank of M Read more»

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