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.

 

Red Wings Top Prospect Update

by Zoran Manojlovic
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Some of the prospects in the organisation have progressed well, for example; Stefan Liv, Todd Jackson, Dmitri Bykov, Miroslav Blatak and so on, while others like Ryan Barnes, Alexander Seluyanov have gone the other way. It has been a good first half season for most of the prospects and it has been extremly exciting to watch last years draft picks, Igor Grigorenko, Drew Macintyre and others.

Here it is, take a look and feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the page.

1. Henrik Zetterberg

Position: C
Team: Timrå, SWE
Born: 1980
Height: 6-00
Weight: 187
Draft: 1999 draft, 7th round, 210th overall
Grade: 8.5
Previous rank: 1

Henrik is THE BEST prospect in the organisation. He has had a tough sophomore year in the Swedish Elite league, but still made the Olympics as a 21 year old thanks to his great performances at the international level. Could be in Detroit next year.

Plus: Skateing, sense, strength, passing, SKILLS, two-way game and leadership.

Minus: ?

Potential: Top line pivot.

2. Stefan Liv

Position: G
Team: HV 71, SWE
Born: 1980
Height: 6-00
Weight: 180
Draft: 2000 draft, 4th round, 102nd overall
Grade: 8 Read more»

Pilar makes NHL debut

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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Checking In On the New Czech


Over the weekend the Leafs 2nd round pick of the 2001 entry draft Karel Pilar saw his first NHL action first against Vancouver and the following day vs Edmonton. As the Buds were slapped around to the tune of 10-2 collectively in those two tilts there wasn’t a whole lot good to say about anything that happened. However, for those out there looking for an easy scapegoat, #29 wasn’t it. Yes, looking at the linescores will tell you that the 24 year old was -2 on the weekend with one hit and one blocked shot, but that presents an incomplete picture at best.

All told Pilar was on the ice for three even handed goals against and one even handed goal for. The first of those was the bad angle shot early in the Canuck game that Curtis Joseph simply whiffed on, deflecting it in his own net. On the second one Pilar can clearly be seen taking his man completely out of the play towards the far corner while Shayne Corson desperately tries to catch up to goalscorer Ed Jovanovski breaking in from the point. In the Edmonton game Pilar was on the ice when Bryan McCabe scored, hence his +1 for part of that contest. That, however, would be wiped out by shoddy coverage by Robert Reichel on Mike Comrie. Again Pilar has his man, but his former Litvinov teammate let the diminutive Edmonton pivot get away from him and the rook took the minus.

What could be seen but was not readily apparent by the linescores was Pilar’s low risk passing game. Outside of one feed across the middle of his own zone that Reichel had to bail him out on against Read more»

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey managed 1 goal through 3 games since our last update. Despite Québec losing 2 of 3 games this week, Hainsey still managed to raise his plus/minus from +6 to +8. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 33 games. He has 19 points (7-12-19), and is +8 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 71 shots on goal. The 20-year old rookie will play for Team PlanetUSA during the upcoming AHL all-star game.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon recorded a 1-2 record through 3 games since our last update. Saturday’s game against Providence was the 24-year-old’s 21st straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 28 AHL games. He has a 13-7-7 record with 2.71 GAA, and a .916 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard picked up 4 points through 3 games since our last update. He averaged 3 shots per game over the recently mentioned 3-game span. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 36 games. He has 31 points (13-18-31), and is +2 with 12 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 107 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 2 games since our last update. He suffered a concussion during a game against Manchester, and is out indefinitely. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 28 games. He Read more»

A weekend to forget

by Corine Gatti
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Nobody said it was going to easy..

Nobody said that the path to the Calder Cup was an easy task..

And the Admirals found out why, the hard way..

If the Admirals are preparing for its game against the first place Phantoms Saturday, they sure didn’t show it Friday night against Grand Rapids.

“ We did not play a good game an it showed all night. We just could not get it together,” says assistant captain Rumn Ndur staring down at the floor in disgust.”
You cannot get behind a first place team and capture a win down by four goals by third period. The more the Admirals fought the harder and faster the Griffens moved itself to an 7-1 win behind goalie Simon Lajeunesse in front of an announced crowd of 4,362. The Admirals started in winning mode, but a hat trick from Chris Balla, and couple goals in the second period melted any chances of a comeback and ended the Admirals winning streak at five-games.

Game 1: The speed of the Grand Rapids Griffens rattled Norfolk like a bolt of lightning in first period. Skating circles around the second place team, the Griffens left Norfolk to play bang’em up bruise’em up hockey- here’s the reason. Grand Rapids in first place in the Western Conference for a reason, they are 27-15-4-0. Norfolk out shot the opponents in the first 14 minutes of play and the visitors played catch up for the remainder of the period. Both teams had two power plays apiece, but both failed to score.

Things looked good Ajay Baines who was on scoreless streak for the last several games broke lose with his second goal Read more»

Blades Putting it Together

by Tyler Neisz
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The Saskatoon Blades have finally started to regain health and have put
together a nice streak. Since losing 9-4 to a the Lethbridge Hurricanes at
home, the Blades have realed off 4 straight wins including a pair this past
weekend vs the arch rival Prince Albert Raiders. The Blades began with a
4-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers, then followed with a 5-4 win over
the division leading Regina Pats.

The Blades continued there winning ways
this past weekend defeating the Raiders by scores of 7-2 in Prince Albert,
followed by a 9-3 win at home Saturday night. With the recent success, the
Blades now have a 7 point lead for the final playoff spot in the east and
also have 1 game in hand on the Raiders. The Blades trail the Moose Jaw
Warriors by 6 points with 2 games in hand for 3rd in the division.

The recent surge for the Blades has been led by 20 year old, 5 year veteran
Justin Kelly. Kelly has been on fire since christmas, averaging more than
2.5 points per game. During the recent four game win streak, Kelly has
notched 8 goals and 12 points. Kelly has moved into 4th in league scoring
with 67 points on 31 goals. As Justin Kelly go’s, the Blades go down the
stretch!

Blade Tidbits and Prospects:
The Saskatoon Blades have several prospects looking very good for
possible roster spots next season. Blade 1st Rounder and 2nd overall pick
Joe Barnes scored 1 goal and 4 assists in the Manitoba AAA all-star game
this past weekend. Barnes has scored 45 points in 40 games as a 15 year old
this season. Read more»

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