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.

 

Here’s How I Saw It

by Larry Bradley
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OHL West vs. WHL East

I was generously given the opportunity to attend the 2001 Hersey Cup for the CHL All-Star Series Wednesday night at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre. The game boasted the best players from the WHL East and the stars of the OHL West. It is a new all-star format that definitely has its pros and cons. Sure it was nice to see a couple future stars in Pavel Brendl and Jay Bouwmeester, but I would have preferred to see my all-stars from the OHL East. Most of the OHL all-star representatives I support were shipped off to Quebec where many of the fans missed out on seeing their favourite players participate in high level competition. I mean, isn’t that why the OHL presents an all-star game, so fans can watch their best against the rest of the leagues best. That being said, let’s talk about the game itself. Read more»

New Rankings for Caps Prospects, 1-10

by Rick Davis
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Rating prospects is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do. Both John Blankenship (Battleship) and myself each reorganized the prospects and the following list is basically a compromise between what we each had. I had an extremely hard time choosing a #1, and at times I felt that prospects were so close together in terms of development and potential that it would probably be more accurate to tier them as opposed to rank them in order. There are comments from both John and myself as well as from Jeff Charlesworth after each prospect, and I apologize in advance for my bad jokes.
If you disagree with us on some prospects that’s fine, in fact we welcome it. We didn’t agree on everything ourselves, as you will see. This is not an exact science, so feel free to post any thoughts, comments or questions you may have.
I think I can speak for John, Jeff, and myself when I say that we all worked hard on this, and hope you enjoy it.

1. Charlie Stephens C, Guelph (OHL), Capitals’ third choice, 31st overall in 1999
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News from germany’s national-teams

by Oliver Janz
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NEWS from german ice-hockey. Actually: german national teams, January 29th

GERMAN NATIONALTEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC-QUALIFICATION:
Goalies: Alexander Jung (22 years old, Team: Eisbären Berlin/League: DEL), Leonardo Conti (22, Frankfurt Lions/DEL), Robert Müller (20, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Christian Künast (29, München Barons/DEL) :

Defenders: Christian Ehrhoff (18, Krefeld Pinguine/DEL), Jochen Molling (27, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Torsten Kienass (29, Düsseldorfer EG/DEL), Andreas Renz (23, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Mirco Lüdemann (27, Kölner Haie/DEL), Daniel Kunce (29, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Heiko Smazal (26, München Barons/DEL), Christoph Schubert (18, München Barons/DEL) :

Forwards: Len Soccio (33, Hannover Scorpions/DEL), Alexander Serikow (25, München Barons/DEL), Jan Benda (28, Jokerit Helsinki/FIN), Sven Felski (26, Eisbären Berlin/DEL), Wayne Hynes (31, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Jürgen Rumrich (32, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Fabian Brännström (26, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Rainer Zerwesz (31, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Andreas Loth (28, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Daniel Kreutzer (21, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Klaus Kathan (23, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Tobias Abstreiter (30, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Mark MacKay (36, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Thomas Greilinger (19, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Marcel Goc (17, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL) : Read more»

BCHLers in Sault Ste. Marie

by Glenn Fugate
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On February 6th the BCHL will play the NOJHA in a all-star game featuring players yet to agree to college scholarships. The NOJHA (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association)will be paying the expenses of the British Columbia Hockey League players to get back east. I think this is a great idea.Players from both leagues get exposure to college scouts and BCHL players get to travel back east and be seen by scouts that might not make it out west that often.The NOJHA is paying the BCHL quite a compliment by paying all the expenses. The BCHL has hit the 28 mark with scholarships this season. The league is the most recruited in Canada. It will be interesting to see how the game goes.However it turns out, I`m sure the scouts will be noticeable in the stands. I`m not sure if the NOJHA is playing already college bound players in this game or not? I have seen most of the players attending this game from the BCHL. They are all great players. I am sure most of these players will get scholarships by the end of the season.The goaltenders on this team are very good. I have seen goaltender Jason Montgomery many times. He has won many of the games for his club, the Quesnel Millionaires this season. Montgomery is arguably the best in the BCHL. So,if your in Sault Ste Marie on February 6th check out this game. It could be a good one if the players play with some pride.

Speaking of all-star games. The BCHL all-star game was played awhile back in Quesnel. Many scouts always attend this game from all over North America. I realize it`s a way to see alot of good player Read more»

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