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 Camp Report, Day 1

by Jessica Haskin
on

Life still goes on despite the attacks yesterday, the most tragic day in
American history. The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice for their first
day of training camp in Traverse City, MI.

“We’re here and we’re working out, but everybody’s heart and soul in
our organization are with the families of those who were lost yesterday”
said the Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.

Holland also said that there was much discussion the night before to
decide whether or not to hold training camp as scheduled. The final
decision was to hold camp as planned to offer a little happiness to
those who had planned on coming and give them the opportunity to take
their minds off of the attacks for awhile.

The fans got their first glimpse of Dominik Hasek, Luc Robitaille, and
Brett Hull practicing as a team with the Detroit Red Wings.

Darren McCarty brought a smile to a young boys face as he gave a playful
punch to the glass where the boy was leaning his chin on the boards.

The veteran Igor Larionov and prospect Paul Ballantyne battled along the
boards this morning in a drill in Team C’s practice. Ballantyne defended
Larionov amazingly well, keeping Larionov from passing the puck out from
behind the net. The 19 year old Ballantyne will most likely be seen as a
regular on the Detroit blue line in coming years.

When Team C’s practice was over teams A and B came onto the ice for two
scrimmage games. Each scrimmage consisting of one twenty minute period.

The crowd cheered as the players skated onto the ice recognizing their
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Boston Bruins Training Camp Preview

by Michael Karlstrom
on
A very quick breakdown of the few NHL roster spots that will be up for grabs this camp and the main contenders for each spot.
The Boston Bruin situation is a little interesting this season, for the first time in recent memory the biggest news of the off-season wasn’t the deep pockets and short arms of team owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sure, the off-season is turning into camp-time now with the high-profile Jason Allison holdout dominating the news on the team, but in-between the decision not to meet contract demands on 1999 draftees Kyle Wanvig, Martin Grenier, and Seamus Koytk, and the current troubles finding a happy meeting ground to ink a deal with Mr. Allison, the Bruins signed some fairly high-profile and pricey unrestricted free agent help.
Five of Boston’s top six forward spots should be accounted for. This leaves one spot open and no real proven talent locked into taking the spot. Here is the first possible rookie battle to keep an eye on.
If Jason Allison is signed, the spot is his, but if he isn’t the two most likely rookies to compete for the spot will be 2001 Hobey Baker finalist Andy Hilbert, and 2002 NCAA goal scoring leader Lee Goren. Of the two players, Hilbert’s game seems more NHL polished. His combination of grit and skill should serve him well in his attempt to step straight into the NHL without having to serve an AHL apprenticeship. Compared favorably in some circles in style to the way that Chris Drury plays the game, Hilbert may end up resembling Drury in that he could get shifted around in positions and ro Read more»

Top 25 Defenseman Prospects posted

by HF Staff
on

To continue our coverage of the “Big List” week, Hockey’s Future is glad to announce the unveiling of our top 25 defenseman.

Head to the link “2001 top 50 Prospects” link in our top features section to see the list!

Mark Fischel
Managing Editor
Hockey’s Future

Kings Mourn With the United States

by Tony Calfo
on

Kings Director of Professional Scouting Ace Bailey and scout Mark Bavis were among the thousands of victims from Tuesday’s cowardly acts of terrorism.

Ace Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup winner in Boston and a highly regarded scout in Los Angeles. His off-season input lead to the signings of Steve Heinze and Ken Belanger. He leaves his wife and son.

Mark Bavis, 31, was instrumental in the Kings’ off-season. He played a major role in the drafting of David Steckel. Bavis has a twin brother who coaches at Boston University.

The entire LA Kings Hockeys Future staff extends their deepest sympathies and condolences.

Boston Bruins: Rookie Recap

by Shane Walsh
on

What does it really take to make it in the NHL? Heart? Determination? Skill? Patience?

Examining the Bruins young core of top prospects at the annual rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario last weekend, one gets an early impression of just how
hard these young guns are willing to work to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NHL.

The problem however, is that most of the Bruins young guns are shooting blanks!

“Nobody is really impressing me,” said Brad Davis a scout for the Edmonton Oilers. “Zdenek Kutlak is by far the best player on the ice for Boston, and he played a handful of games with the big club last year. That has to tell you of the caliber of players that are on the ice.”

Not all of Boston’s top prospects and invites were disappointing to watch all weekend. Carl Corazzini, a recent signing out of Boston University, impressed with his intense level of play.

“Carl’s
a guy who plays with heart,” said a Bruins scout who wished to remain anonymous.
“He shows up to play every night, and doesn’t take any shifts off. He’s a
great two-way forward who could be a big surprise at our main camp this fall.”

Invites
Ed Hill and Colton Orr both impressed with their high energy level of play.

“They don’t
come any more physical than Colton Orr,” said Davis. “Here’s a guy that transitioned
his game from defense to forward and did it successfully. Orr is the kind
of player that every team would love to have, but unfortunately because of
his skating, he may not get an opportunity to display what he Read more»

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