Michael Neal


Whitby Ontario

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5th round (149th overall), 2007


187 lbs.

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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.


Flyers Prospect Stat Update

by Jim Segrest


Maxime Ouellet, Goaltender, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 30 GP, 2.65 GAA, .912 SV%

Pavel Brendl, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 37 GP, 10 G, 16 A, 26 P, +1, 10 PIM

Bruno St. Jacques, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 11 P, +11, 39 PIM

Tomas Divisek, Center, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 48 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 P, -9, 32 PIM

Vaclav Pletka, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 17 G, 17 A, 34 P, -4, 33 PIM

Francis Lessard, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 P, -8, 193 PIM

Jim Vandermeer, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 48 GP 1 G, 7 A, 8 P, -10, 52 PIM

Joe DiPenta, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, +10, 65 PIM

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Pondering the WHL Western Conference Stretch Drive.

by Glen Crichton

With all the WHL Western Conference teams having twenty games or less on their schedules, heres some speculation on how the season will finish and playoffs will play out. These are solely the thoughts and ponderings of this writer and may not be accurate, however with the stretch run just underway, thought it would be fun to put my choices out to provoke some debate. Here goes!

While the Cougars will likely play better in the playoffs, I’m not sure Thompson or Stanton are handling the pressure of a stretch run very well. Thompson was great against Kamloops in the recent loss, but I’m not sold. Hamhuis really is the glue that holds the entire Cougar back end together and he at some point this year is going to start slowing down and having some off nights, which appears is beginning to happen. He was brilliant in the first game against Kamloops last weekend, but in the second game was average by his standards, coughing up the puck, not as effective moving the puck and not as physical. When caught out of position didn’t appear to have a lot of gas to get back either IMO. They need scoring and I’m not sure even the addition of Foster will remedy that problem. Likely to finish third in B.C. Division and could slide as low as fourth with a first round exit IMO.

Kelowna will go as far as Bendera can take them and his return to the line up this weekend will be a tonic for a lot the Rockets current ailments. When on his game, Bendera can win games on his own which might be what the Rockets need to gain some confidence. If Shane can backstop the Rockets to a couple wins Read more»

Red Wings Report: Mid-season Top Prospects Update Part 2

by Zoran Manojlovic

This is the second part of the mid-season Top 20 prospects update.

12. Miroslav Blatak

Position: D
Team: Zlin, CZE
Born: 1982
Height: 6-00
Weight: 178
Draft: 2001 draft, 4th round, 129th overall
Grade: 6
Previous rank: 16

Miroslav is having a very good rookie year with one of the best teams in Czech Republic, Zlin. In the last 20 games of the season Miroslav has received increased ice-time, and that has led to increased offensive numbers. Blatak has 4 goals and 5 assists in 34 games in his rookie season in the Czech Extra League. He also had a great WJC and was the top scoring defenseman with 3 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.

Plus: Smart, skating, shot, passing, hard worker.

Minus: Size?, lack of physical presence.

Potential: Two-way top 6 defenseman

13. Drew MacIntyre

Position: G
Team: Sherbrooke, QJMHL
Born: 1983
Height: 6-01
Weight: 185
Draft: 2001 draft, 4th round, 121st overall
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Blades Enjoying the Home Cooking

by Tyler Neisz

the Saskatoon Blades who recently enjoyed a four game winning streak,
including 3 in a row at home slipped a notch recently this past weekend and
were in danger of falling into the east division basement. The Blades were
winless in a three game in three night Alberta road trip. On Friday, the
Blades fell behind early to the Medicine Hat Tigers by a score of 4-0 and
could never really get back into the game. The Blades got to within 2 goals
on a pair of tallies by WHL eastern conference player of the month Justin
Kelly but that would be as close as the Blades would come losing 5-3 to the

Saturday night the Blades were in Lethbridge to play a Canes team
who has really beaten up on the Blades so far this year outscoring them 20-8
in three previous meetings. This time the Blades were able to stay close
but not close enough losing 4-2. Jeremy Jackson salted the game away with
his 26th of the season with 1:13 remaining in the game. With a 2 game
losing streak going entering Red Deer, the Blades could have easily folded
with a pair of home games on the horizon but that wasn’t the case.

the Blades looked past the fact the Rebels had won 11 in row and looked past
the fact they are defending Memorial Cup champs. The Blades stayed close
all night long and forced OT but lost 3-2 in overtime. The trip wasn’t
exactly a success for the Blades but they faired pretty well on the road
against some very tough teams. The Blades still only have 1 win vs Central
Division teams this season.

Last nights game vs Read more»

Jackets Farm Update

by Aaron Vickers


RWRobert Korn has been called up by the Blue Jackets. Kron, at 34 years of age, has been recalled after a 6 game stint, which he registered 2 goals and 4 assists. On the season, Kron has 2 goals and 9 assists with the Jackets

LWMathieu Darhce has been reassigned to the Crunch after a brief stint with the Jackets which saw him register one assist in 5 games.

Preston Mizzi has been recalled to the Syracuse Crunch. Jonathan Schill has been relocated to Dayton to make room for this. Other players being relocated to Dayton of the ECHL include goaltender Karl Goehring

As of Wednesday, February 6th
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