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.

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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.

 

Hamilton Bulldogs Mid-Season Report

by AHL Report Staff
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Hamilton Bulldogs Mid-Season Report Card

As the Bulldogs progress through the 2001-2002 season, we have seen them
shake off a poor start to become the AHL’s most dominant team and then
we have seen them falter again since Christmas. In this report, we’ll
take a quick look at the players currently on the Hamilton roster and
how they have fared thus far.
NOTE: Players with 10 or fewer games played have been omitted. Stats
accurate as of Jan. 23, 2002.

Goaltenders:

30 Ty CONKLIN – Plays well until he gives up a bad goal, then usually
gives up another bad one shortly after. Needs to work on puck-handling
and mental toughness. Current record stands at 8-5-4 with a 2.57 GAA and
a save percentage of 0.916. GRADE: B-

35 Marc LAMOTHE – Very solid in net. Gives up a softie once in a while,
but generally makes up for it by saving the Bulldogs asses late in the
game. A little too “floppy.” Current record is 14-10-2 with a GAA of
2.34 and a 0.923 save percentage. GRADE: A

Defense:

4 Ales PISA – Reads plays well both offensively and defensively. Not
afraid to jump into the rush, but knows enough to peel off and get back
into position if things don’t look right. Current stats are 4-8-12 in 29
GP, rating of +7. GRADE: B+

5 Chris HAJT – Good defensive awareness, but needs to play with more of
a physical edge. Can’t seem to figure out what the word “offense” means.
Current stats are 2-2-4 in 21 GP, +/- rating is even. GRADE: C-

6 Alex HENRY –Read more»

Jackets CHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Jackets CHL Prospect Update

Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Kelowna Rockets
Shane’s numbers have come back down to earth somewhat after posting insane numbers in his first 5 games with the Rockets. His 1.38 GAA with the Rockets has dropped to 2.29 GAA, which would still be good enough for third in the WHL. His SV% is now a tidy .919, also good for 3rd in the Western League. However, his play in net has yet to translate into a big winstreak for Kelowna. Bendera has posted a 5-4-3 record with his new club. Bendera also had the distinction of being named to the WHL Western All-Stars for the Hershey Cup.

Ben Knopp – RW – Kamloops Blazers
Ben has got rolling somewhat as of late with his new mates. On the season he now has 25 goals and 47 points (25-22-47) which places him 2nd in team scoring. However, Knopp has played more games than anyone on the Blazers team, and has played 15 more than Scottie Upshall who also has 47 points, on 22 goals. Knopp still sits in the negatives in regards to plus/minus, with a –12. He continues to adjust with his new linemates.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
McLeod, like teammates Shane Bendera and Chuck Kobasew, was also named to the WHL Western All-Stars for the Hershey Cup. There is an interesting piece up at the Rockets Official Website in regards to McLeod, which you can check out here: http://www.kelownarockets.com/newsletter/jan/index.html
McLeod currently sits 5th Read more»

Blue Jackets Farm Update

by Aaron Vickers
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SYRACUSE CRUNCH NEWS

LWer Mathieu Darche has been called up by the Blue Jackets. Darche, one of the most prolific scorers in CIAU history, has tallied a Crunch-high 16 goals in 35 games this season. In his previous stint with the Jackets, he managed one goal in seven games.

To make room for Darche, RWer Robert Kron has been sent down by the Jackets. Kron has managed two goals and eight assists in 43 games for the Jackets.

As of Friday, January 25th
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The Marc Savard Situation

by David Glaz
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Flames Forward Marc Savard has seen his entire season become mired in controversy. All seemed to be going well for Savard in Calgary going into the season, but he’s had a dismal year up to this point; he’s had a clash with the system the team plays; disgruntled over being bumped of star player Jarome Iginla’s line, and has constantly quarreled with coach Greg Gilbert. Savard is an offensively gifted player on an offensively starved team, and he should be a tremendous part of the group, but he’s not. Now its up to GM Craig Button to decide whether its worth it to keep Savard and try to resolve the situation, or deal the most marketable of your expendable players to help shore up extremely the poor depth up front.

Four games into the season Savard was kneed by Detroit winger Darren McCarty, and sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for six weeks. In his absence Iginla was paired with Craig Conroy and the two, along with Roman Turek, carried the team to a 13-2-2 start. When Savard came back, the team started to slump. It was unsure what do with Savard, because of the success Iginla and Conroy had enjoyed.

Eventually, Iginla was primarily kept on Conroy’s line and Savard was forced to play with less talented linemates, and saw his
production drop accordingly. Last year Savard enjoyed a career year, scoring 65 points, but his shortcomings, namely poor defensive play, were overlooked. Savard was a +12 last season, but his lack of commitment to the defensive game really came under scrutiny this year now that he has only 18 points in 33 games. In Read more»

HF’s Interview with St. Michael’s Major Kevin Klein

by Brad Coccimiglio
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Kevin Klein
Team: Toronto St. Michael’s Majors
Position: Defenseman
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1984
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Height: 6’1
Weight: 185 lbs

·Was St. Michael’s 2nd round pick in the 2000 OHL draft
·Klein is considered to be a top prospect for the 2003 NHL draft Read more»

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