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.

 

Boston Bruins: Rookie Recap

by Shane Walsh
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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»

Habs’ camp (day 1)

by Chris Boucher
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Although many people’s minds were elsewhere, the Canadiens opened their first day of training camp. The players skated in two different groups, during two separate on-ice sessions prior to playing a scrimmage. The lines remained fixed throughout the scrimmage. With some interesting pairings considering it’s so early in training camp.

Forward lines of note(LW, C, RW)

Brian Savage, Yannick Perreault, Oleg Petrov
Martin Rucinsky, Jan Bulis, Richard Zednick
Chad Kilger, Joé Juneau, Andreas Dackell
Benoit Brunet, Benoit Gratton, Gino Odjick
Patrick Poulin, Mike Ribeiro, Marcel Hossa
Éric Chouinard, Craig Darby, Josef Balej
Éric Landry, Xavier Delisle, Jason Ward

Defensive pairings of note(LD, RD)

Stéphane Quintal, Patrice Brisebois
Sheldon Souray, Craig Rivet
Karl Dykhuis, Stéphane Robidas
Francis Bouillon, Patrick Traverse
Ron Hainsey, Martti Jarventie
Andrei Markov, Mathieu Descoteaux

Box Score (Or reasonable facsimile thereof)

(RED) Mike Ribeiro (penalty shot) ** 1-0
(RED) Mike Ribeiro (Stéphane Robidas) ** 2-0
(RED) Patrick Poulin (Karl Dykhuis) ** 3-0
(RED) Patrick Traverse (Jan Bulis, Richard Zednick) ** 4-0
(RED) Martin Rucinsky (penalty shot) ** 5-0
(WHITE) Oleg Petrov (Brian Savage) ** 5-1 Read more»

A Day of Silence

by pbadmin
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Out of the respect for all the innocent victims and their families of this horrendous tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C. we at Hockey’s Future would like to have a day of silence. From our entire staff from other countries to all our American staff and readers our condolences for your loss. We all hope one day that these events will longer be necessary in any part of the world.Respectfully,Shane MalloyAsst. Managing Editor/Director of Media RelationsHockey’s Future

Hitmen Freeze up against ICE

by Jeff Bromley
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Coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Lethbridge, the Kootenay ICE kicked off their home debut of the 2001 exhibition season against an old rival that hardly needed any introduction, the Calgary Hitmen. If the weekend’s exhibition series are any indication, the loss of goal scoring through the graduation of high-scoring forwards such as Bret DeCecco and Zdenek Blatny from last season isn’t of any concern to the ICE. Outscoring their big-city rivals by a combined score of 15-5 over the two game, home and home set (with Calgary’s home date being in Okotoks), Kootenay’s scoring came from the usual suspects, some pleasant surprises and a fresh face in the name of Nigel Dawes.

At the home date on Saturday the local squad came out a little flat and had trouble measuring up against a Hitmen squad loaded with toughness. During the first ten minutes of the first frame a total of six players saw the showers early as fisticuffs between Brennan Evans and Robin Gomez, Steve Makway and Mike Egener and Andy Thompson and Wes Rypien highlighted a first period that ended in a one-one stalemate. The second and third frames were marked by one thing – goals. Five in the second and four in the third to be exact as the ICE dusted off the Hitmen by a count of 10-4. The good thing about exhibition is that if you lose, it’s just that, exhibition. If you win it’s a sign that things are going right and there are lots of positives to build on but it’s still preseason. That attitude was echoed by ICE assistant coach Cory Clouston who took over the reigns of head coach for Saturday night’s tilt. “In g Read more»

Top 10 Goalie Prospects Posted!

by HF Staff
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Hockey’s Future has kicked off the “Big List” week with the posting of our Top 10 goalie list!

Click on the link in the “Top Features” section on the upper left of the page, and discuss the lists on our message board.

Check back in two days for the top 25 Defenseman!

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