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.

 

Stone and Harding are WHL Players of the Month

by HF Staff
on

Calgary – The Western Hockey League today announced the Players of the Month
for November in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, which includes the East and Central Divisions,
the Player of the Month is rookie goaltender Josh Harding of the Regina
Pats.

The 17 year old from Regina, Saskatchewan, recorded a 1.70 goals against
average and a 0.934 save percentage in eight games during the Month of
November. He recorded seven wins and one loss.

Harding was also named Player of the Week for the week of November 4th,
2001. He is eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Josh Harding is a deserving choice as the Eastern Conference Player of the
Month for November.

In the Western Conference, which includes the B.C. and U.S. Divisions, the
Player of the Month is goaltender Jason Stone of the Kelowna Rockets.

Stone, a 19-year-old from Duncan, British Columbia recorded a 1.70 goals
against average and a 0.928 save percentage in ten games including two
shutouts during the Month of November. He recorded seven wins, one loss and
a tie. Stone is a free agent.

Jason Stone is also a deserving choice as the Western Conference Player of
the Month for November.

Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update (AHL edition)

by Chris Boucher
on

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey returned to action Monday night against Manitoba. He was shutout during the contest, and finished the game with a -1 rating. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 8 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +2 with 6 minutes in penalties. All 3 of his goals were scored on the powerplay.

Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))

Ribeiro was recalled by the Canadiens on December 2nd. He registered 2 assists in his first game back with the big club. Overall, the shifty center has played 14 AHL games. He has 14 points (6-8-14), and is +9 with 20 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard was shutout through 3 games this week. He’s currently on a season-high 7 game scoreless streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 21 games. He has 18 points (7-11-18) with 2 minutes in penalties. His plus/minus is currently even, despite a onetime +8 rating. He also has 59 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 10 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -3 with 10 minutes in penalties. Beauchemin has also played 7 ECHL games with Mississippi. He has 4 points (1-3-4), and is -1 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s directed 13 shots on goal.

Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Drafted-99(5/145))

Thinel was shutout through 3 games since our l Read more»

OHL Announces Performers of the Month

by HF Staff
on

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for November 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Darryl Bootland, Toronto St. Michael’s
Majors

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for November is Toronto St. Michael’s
Majors right winger Darryl Bootland, who scored 12 goals and 11 assists for
23 points in 13 games to help the Majors to a 7-2-4-0 record last month.

Bootland, who turned 20 on November 2, led all OHL scorers with 12 goals and
23 points during the month of November, and is tied with Frantisek Lukes for
the team scoring lead.

Bootland recorded points in 11 of 13 Toronto games last month, including
multiple point games on eight occasions. He posted a four point game (one
goal, three assists) on November 25 against Peterborough. The Toronto native
was a 12th round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Fedor Tjutin, Guelph Storm

The OHL Rookie of the Month for November is Guelph Storm defenceman Fedor
Tjutin, who scored three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in nine games.

Tjutin, an 18-year-old native of Izhevsk, Russia, recorded points in seven
of the nine November games he played, including seven points in a three game
stretch from November 11 – 16.

Tjutin, the Storm’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, was a second
round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He is second
in scoring among OHL defenceman behind teammate Kevin Dallman with 31 points
in 26 games.

OHL Read more»

Lecavalier on his way out?

by Chad Schnarr
on

For many Lightning fans, the unthinkable is becoming expected. The future “Michael Jordan of Hockey,” and Lightning franchise player could be dealt within the coming days or weeks.

There was a time when both the Jordan comparison and trade idea was looked at as absurd.

Vincent Lecavalier has struggled with confidence and injuries the last two years, and after some over-publicized spats with coach John Tortorella, Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley is no longer hanging up the phone when Vinny’s name is mentioned in trade talks. This is due in part to the rumors of Lecavalier’s camp demanding a trade, not the Lightning’s unhappiness with the young star, nor its siding with the unproven coach over the player.

This potential trade has armchair GM’s from Mexico to the North Pole (we think Santa has a separate list of picks and prospects he thinks are fair value for Lecavalier) working out deals.

A lot of thought has gone into thinking up what could be given up (or held onto) for the 1998 #1 overall pick.

What is the Lightning looking for?

Well, that’s the question most seem to ignore.

There are two sides to every deal, and you can bet whomever gets Lecavalier is going to have to give. Core players are no longer safe.

The Lightning is currently among the league leaders in save percentage and goals against. The goaltending is fine. If you’re thinking about dealing a ready for prime-time ‘tender to Tampa as the deal’s centerpiece, forget it. The top-four, no-name defense, has also played well, at least by the nu Read more»

2003 prospect interview: Petr Vrana

by Robert Neuhauser
on

Petr Vrana
Team: HC Havirov Panthers
Position: center
Born: March, 29th, 1985
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175 lbs. Read more»

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