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.

 

Finnish roster for WJC

by Mikko Vuori
on

Kari Lehtonen will be the starting goalie. Joni Puurula would have been the 1st choice for the backup position, but he has been out for almost the whole season so far.

On defence 2002 eligble Joni Pitkänen has a big role. Tero Määttä, Markus Seikola and Olli Malmivaara are other TOP-4 defenceman on the team.

The two scoring lines are almost set. Mikko Koivu will center Tuomo Ruutu and Tuomas Pihlman. Jarkko Immonen will have Toni Koivisto and Jussi Jokinen on his wings.
Center Harri Suutarinen has a broken jaw and can’t play.

Coach Erkka Westerlund says that other teams will have more talented players on their teams and Finland has to play as a team again. When selecting the players Westerlund has tried to find ambitious, brave and disciplined players.

1 G Kari Lehtonen Jokerit 11-16-1983 6-3 190
30 G Juha Kuokkanen SaiPa 01-26-1982 5-10 170

3 D Topi Jaakola Kärpät 11-15-1983 6-1 179
4 D Joni Pitkänen Kärpät 09-19-1983 6-3 194
5 D Mikko Viitanen Jukurit 02-18-1982 6-3 221
6 D Olli Malmivaara Jokerit 03-13-1982 6-4 205
8 D Jyri Marttinen JYP 09-01-1982 5-11 179
21 D Tero Määttä Blues 01-02-1982 6-1 214
22 D Markus Seikola TPS 06-05-1982 6-1 185

9 F Mikko Koivu TPS 03-12-1983 6-2 174
10 F Sean Bergenheim Jokerit 02-08-1984 5-11 190
11 F Kim Hirschovits HIFK 05-09-1982 6-1 181
12 F Jarkko Immonen Ässät 04-19-1982 6-0 190
13 F Tomi Mäki Jokerit 08-19-1983 5-11 172 Read more»

Sabres Report: Ryan Denyin’

by Ken McKenna
on

Ryan and his MSU teammates entered the 01-02 season as the top-ranked team in both the CCHA and NCAA. Holding onto the top position in the NCAA has proven difficult (12-3-2 overall, 6th in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll), but the Spartans 10-3-1 conference record has them in first place in the CCHA.

While there is no question that MSU’s current standing is a direct result of both solid defensive play and good coaching, having a certain award-winning goaltender makes things that much easier for the Spartans. Miller is not without his detractors, however, as there are some observers who are of the opinion that Ryan benefits more from MSU’s strong defense than do the Spartans from Miller’s solid goaltending. Perhaps this case can be made, but the statistics don’t necessarily back up these claims.

After 17 games, Ryan leads the CCHA in goals-against average (1.55), save percentage (.944), and wins (12). His 6 shutouts are tops in the NCAA, while he continues to add to his NCAA-record career total, which stands at 24 shutouts. Miller is ranked 3rd in the nation amongst Division I goalies, but the two players in front of Ryan have appeared in just 8 and 4 games, respectively.

Perhaps the best indicator of Ryan’s importance to his team is the number of shots he faces per game. Miller has faced an average of 27.2 shots per game so far this season, which would put MSU in the middle of the pack in the CCHA for that category. While there are goaltenders on some lesser teams that face more rubber-per Read more»

Keefe’s Return Finally Arrives

by Megan Sexton
on

It has been nine long months since Sheldon Keefe was able to don a Lightning jersey and call himself part of the team. Now, it appears he has finally redeemed himself enough in the eyes of Tampa Bay management to get a second chance with the team.

It was last March when Keefe and his agent, Mike Gillis, made the career threatening decision to refuse a minor league assignment to the Rochester Americans. The Lightning viewed the assignment as a valuable learning experience for the young winger. The Americans had a very competitive team, while their own affiliate, Detroit (IHL), was heading straight to the links. At the time, there was little room in Tampa Bay for Keefe, who had spent nearly the entire season with the Lightning.

Viewing his demotion as temporary, until another trade was executed, Keefe was not unhappy with the reassignment to Detroit. Until Mike Johnson and Paul Mara were sent to Phoenix in the Nikolai Khabibulin deal and room opened on the roster. Keefe saw that as his ticket back to Tampa Bay, but management had other ideas.

GM Rick Dudley thought Keefe would be better served by the stint in Rochester. Keefe on the other hand felt mislead by management and thought he earned and deserved more time in Tampa Bay. So, he refused the assignment was immediately suspended by the team.

The two sides took shots at each other through the media during the off-season, but finally came to an agreement that sent Keefe to the Lightning’s “B” squad during training camp with no hope of an immediate roster sp Read more»

Updated Stats for NYR Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
on

Juniors:

Filip Novak, Defenseman, Regina Pats (WHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 8 G, 21 A, 29 P, 78 PIM, +13
This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 10 PIM, +2
News: Named to Czech Republic WJC team

Garth Murray, Center, Regina Pats (WHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 17 G, 15 A, 32 P, 78 PIM, +10
This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 5 PIM, +1

Ryan Hollweg, Center, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 14 G, 21 A, 35 P, 69 PIM, -7
This Week: 5 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
News: Named to USA WJC Team

Rory Rawlyk, Defenseman, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 P, 35 PIM, -5
This Week: 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, +2

Fedor Tyutin, Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 10 G, 21 A, 31 P, 32 PIM, +7
This Week: 4 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 9 PIM, +4
News: Named OHL Rookie of the Month for November

Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Stats: 25 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 39 PIM, -3
This Week: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, -1

Juris Stals, Center, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Stats: 34 GP, 20 G, 15 A, 35 P, 10 PIM, +1
This Week: 6 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, -6

Shawn Collymore, Right Wing, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 10 G, 28 A, 38 P, 21 PIM, -4
This Week: 2 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 0 PIM, +4

Petr Preucil, Center, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Stats: 20 GP, 8 G, 8 A, 16 P, 34 PIM, Even Read more»

Colorado Prospect Update (12/09/01)

by Brandon LeBourveau
on

Juniors:

Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 23 G, 19 A, 42 P, 24 PIM, +2

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 30 PIM, +15

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 9-7-3, 2.87 GAA. .893 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 P, 35 PIM, -19

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 31 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 95 PIM, -10

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 30 GP 2 G, 19 A, 21 P, 21 PIM, -5

Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 58 PIM, -13

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P, 60 PIM, -1

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 17 G, 25 A, 42 P, 60 PIM, +22
News: Named OHL Player of the Month for November

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 12-6-4, 2.37 GAA, .922 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 9 G, 8 A, 17 P, 29 PIM, +5

Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 17 G, 23 A, 40 P, 26 PIM, +9

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