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.

 

Making the Grade – ICE Report Card

by Jeff Bromley
on
With over one-third of the 2000-01
season already in the books, the
Kootenay ICE encountering some
adversity of late and crucial tests coming
up in the next two weeks with two home
dates against Red Deer and games
against Regina, Kamloops and Calgary,
these next two weeks will be a good
indicator of just how good a club the
Kootenay ICE are. That being said, here
is a player by player, coaching and
management report card of performance
so far this season. There are some raving
reviews, some needs to be addressed
and concerns to be dealt with and some
question marks. Play along at home and
see who’s making the grade.

Management – Bob Tory
Have to admit that the ICE headman has evolved
into one of the shrewdest traders within
the WHL and his record proves it. The
solving of the ICE twenty-yr-old
situation by bringing in DeCecco and
Evans establishes definite foresight.
Evans will prove to be the steal in the
deal. Questions still remain about
another big d-man and protection for the
skilled forwards – I don’t think that
Tory’s trading days for this season are
done yet.
Grade – A-

Coach – Ryan McGill Read more»

Flyers Minor League Report

by Bill Meltzer
on

Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:

The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.

After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.

Comings and Goings

Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.

Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more»

Thoresen Shines

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Patrick Thoresen lead Storhamar to a 4-1 win over arch rival Valerenga(VIF-Oslo) before more than 4000 in Hamar. Thoresen just 17 has been very very impressive he scored a goal and assisted on player coach Alexander Smirnov`s goal. Smirnov at 36 is the elder statesman and Thoresen at 17 the future.

Swedish Teammate Jocke Persson said “he is out of the ordinary”… refering to the young Thoresen. It was Persson who cleared the way for Thoresen`s goal to make it 2-0 Storhamar.

Patrick…one to watch!

Rangers Weekly Prospects Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
on

Week Of 11/12 to 11/18

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    17  21  16  37   12   19

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


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    10  10   6  16  17  -2

This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    21   9  16  25   17   11

This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    21  13  13  26   12   -6

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


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov  Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   23   6   12   18  60  -1

This Week: No Games Played


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   17   0   6   6   20  -6

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, N/A


Player            Team      League  GP   G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     10   1  3   4   6   -1

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


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE     8   1   2   3   6   -1 
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Swede outspoken in home press

by Peter Westermark
on
Europeans know exactly what to say when they´re talking to the North
American press. Well, maybe Vaclav Prospal should sometimes choose his words
more carefully, but most europeans offer the clichés that are expected from
them. Read the press in their home country and it´s a different story.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Jonas Rönnqvist´s comments in the Swedish press
after being dispatched to the minors was anything but clichés as he
criticized the team.

He was quoted in the Aftonbladet as saying ”I´ve been forced to play with a
knee injury. It´s sick, I can´t play up to my capacity.”
Rönnqvist was also
quoted in the article as saying that the team should have brought up someone
from the farm team to replace him while he nursed his injury, but that it
was a question of the team not wanting to spend any extra money.

Now, compare Rönnqvist´s comments with Eric Lindros´ infamous comments about
the Flyers´ medical staff. There´s not that much difference, right ? Of
course, one has to take the difference in stature between the two players
into consideration. Lindros was a superstar captain and Rönnqvist is a depth
player, so it´s not front page news, but Anaheim General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will nevertheless be less than amused to read such comments about
the organization. If he ever gets to read them that is.

The former Luleå star isn´t the first Swede to come out criticizing their
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
the difference in the Read more»