Michael Neal


Whitby Ontario

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5th round (149th overall), 2007


187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


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.



Appears to be a fringe AHL player at this point and may spend another year in the ECHL while competing for AHL call-ups.


Albany/Wilkes-Barre Summary

by pbadmin

Mike Buskus

ALBANY, NY. (November 3, 2001). In some respects, it was billed as a battle for last place. The Albany River Rats were in last place in the Eastern Conference (1-6-1-2, for 5 points in 10 games), with their opponents (and former “Mid-Atlantic Division” rivals), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last place in the Western Conference (2-9-1-1, for 6 points in 13 games).

The loser could claim the title to last place in the 27-team American Hockey League (if Albany lost, they would indisputably have the fewest points; if WBS lost, they would have the lowest win percentage.

Neither team wanted to be called losers, and each provided excitement, a bit of opportunism (on turnovers) and the fans (including about 50 from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) saw ten goals on the night, five per team. A small Saturday crowd of 3,131 showed up, with the rest presumably home watching the World Series.

Devils’ prospect, Christian Berglund, made the worst turnover of his AHL career, with an unbelievably dumb give-away inside his own defensive zone late in the second period. By then, the Rats had clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score. Berglund had the puck in his zone, on the boards near the edge of the circle. No opposing player was pressuring him. In what presumably was a mental lapse, he passed the puck straight across the ice, practically on the hash marks. Standing in the middle of the slot, with no River Rat in sight, was Tom Kostopolous (who, last night in Quebec got the overtime game-winner for WBS). Kostop Read more»

Canucks 2001-02 Stats Update II

by Kirk Pedersen

1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Vancouver(NHL) 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 9 PIM.

2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (2/31)
Vancouver(NHL) 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 8 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 0 PIM.

3. Vydareny, Rene (D), Columbia (ECHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)
Manitoba (AHL) 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM.
Columbia (ECHL) 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM

4. Auld, Alexander (G), Manitoba (AHL). Acquired through trade with Florida. (2001)
Manitoba (AHL) So far, Auld has yet to suit up for the Moose.

5. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)
Ohio State (CCHA) 6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 2 PIM.

6. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
Manitoba (AHL) 9 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 0 PIM.

7. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)
Swift Current (WHL) 8 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 8 PIM.

8. Komarniski, Zenith (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’96 (3/75)
Manitoba (AHL) 11 GP, 0 G 2 A, 2 P, 15 PIM.

9. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00 (3/71)
Rimouski (QMJHL) 15 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 P, 21 PIM.

10. Fedorov, Fedor (LW), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’01 (3/66) Read more»

Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects Update

by Zoran Manojlovic

Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects Update

All of the Red Wings prospects are in action all over the world. In Canada, Usa, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Russia. Some are playing good and some arn`t, some of them will play in Nhl, some will not.

So let us take a look at the Top 10 players in the Red Wings organisation and their statistics so far into the season.

1. Henrik Zetterberg, C, 21 years, 6-1, 185, Grade: 8.5

01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 1 Assists 5 Points 6 Pim 4

Henrik Zetterberg has shown that last year was not an isolated case, during the pre-season he was dominating games like only he can, with great moves, nice passes, and his great two-way play. He has also become Alternate Capitan in Timra. Henrik played three games with the National Team where he picked up two helpers and played very good overall. So far in the season Henrik has been struggling (1G+5A in 16 games), but he has been playing good but unfortunately he has had some problems with the scoring. Henrik is allready one of the best in Sweden, this year he will look to become THE best and prepare himself for Detroit, and the NHL for the 2002-03 season. Henrik is Detroit`s indisputable Top Prospect and could become top line star in NHL.

2. Niklas Kronwall, D, 20 years, 6-0, 172, Grade: 7.5

01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 2 Assists 2 Points 4 Pim 24

Niklas started the year slowely while not picking up a point in the first 6 games of the season, but lately he has reganed confidence and started to produce, in the last 9 games he has scored 2 goals and 2 Read more»

Albany/Hershey Game Summary

by pbadmin

By Mike Buskus

ALBANY, NY. (November 2, 2001). Scott Clemmensen got his first professional start tonight in Albany. (He played 20 minutes in relief of Martin Brodeur during the Devils’ 6-1 loss to Washington on opening night, stopping 3 of 4 shots.) With Devils’ General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, chief scout, Dave Conte, and countless other Devils’ scouts and senior management watching, Clemmensen played capably, but his defense did not do him justice in front of the net. The 3-1 loss belonged to the blueliners, rather than to the netminder, before the crowd of 5,888 at the Pepsi Arena.

The main bright spot for the River Rats tonight was winger Jiri Bicek, who generated strong short-handed chances while killing penalties, gave some spark to the offense and relentlessly chased down loose pucks. He also scored the lone Albany goal, a power play goal from the right wing circle. For his efforts, the media bestowed “third star” on Bicek, though this writer would have elevated the honor to “second” in a valiant effort in a losing cause.

Tonight, NHL referee Paul Stewart made another comeback effort. A year or so ago, battling back from cancer, he went down to the AHL to demonstrate his abilities in the orange armband. This evening, while rehabilitating from an unspecified injury, Stewart was on the ice before the teams’ pre-game skate, skating around the ice. When his name was announced as referee, a sizeable number of fans applauded, a rare tribute to referees who are more used to boos than to cheers.

Nothing that the referee Read more»

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