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.

 

Round 8 of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

by Mark Fischel
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ROUND #

1. New York Islanders, Mike Bray, Forward
2. New Jersey, Aaron Voros, Forward
3. New York Rangewrs, Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman
4. Florida, Kyle Bruce, Forward
5. Anahiem, Martin Gerber, N/A/
6. Calgary, Joe Campbell, Defenseman
7. Buffalo, Calle Aslund, Defenseman
8. Ottawa, Neil Petruic, Defenseman
9. Columbus, Ryan Bowness, Forward
10. Los Angeles, Mike Gabinet, Defenseman
11. New York Rangers, Ryan Holleweg, Forward
12. Minnesota, Jake Riddle, Forward
13. Nashville, Gustav Grasberg, Forward
14. Boston, Milan Juracina, Defenseman
15. Columbus, Andrew Murray, N/A
16. Phoenix, Frank Lukes, Forward
17. Carolina, Carter Trevisani, Defense
18. Vancouver, Konstanin Mihailov, Forward
19. Toronto, Tomas Mojzis, Defenseman
20. Buffalo, Marek Dubec, N/A
21. Edmonton, Kari Haakana, Defenseman
22. Washington, Matt Maglione, Defenseman
23. Pittsburgh, Brandon Crawford-West, N/A
24. Calgary, Ville Hamalainen, Forward
25. Tampa Bay, J.F. Soucy, Forward
26. St. Louis, Petr Cajanek, Forward
27. Washington, Peter Polcik, Forward
28. Dallas, Marco Rosa, Forward
29. Ottawa, Gregg Johnson, Forward
30. New Jersey, Evgeny Gamalej, Defenseman Read more»

Phoenix Coyotes 2001 NHL Draft Review

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The Coyotes headed into the draft in great position to walk away with some top notch talents. Phoenix had a 1st rounder (14th overall), and three 2nd rounders (31st, 41st and 45th). But they did not stay in those exact positions for long.

Right after the Rangers selected Kootenay Ice (WHL) Goaltender Dan Blackburn with the 10th overall pick, Gary Bettman walked up to the podium and said those four famous words “We have a trade”. The trade involved the Phoenix Coyotes and the Calgary Flames. The Coyotes swapped their 1st round pick (14th overall), and a 2nd round pick (41st overall, acquired from Anaheim for Keith Carney) to the Flames for their 1st round pick (11th overall). With the 11th overall pick, Coyotes Owner Wayne Gretzky announced the club selected 6’0 198 pound winger Fredrik Sjostrom (Pronounced Shoe-Strum) from Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.

“To meet Wayne [Gretzky], he was like an idol for me, so that was really great.” Said Fredrik Sjostrom moments after being drafted. When asked about his speed, he replied. “Yea, that’s my biggest asset, so I want to use my speed and my technique, that’s what I’m good at.”

Sjostrom’s style of play has been compared by many to that of Ottawa Senators’ rookie sensation Martin Havlat. Sjostrom, at 6’0 is arguably the best skater in the entire draft, and he can hit top speed in only one or two strides. An exciting player on the ice, he has good vision, hockey sense and playmaking abilities. He has a goal scorer’s touch, and he showed that this past season in many of the tou Read more»

Pen’s Day Two Picks

by Richard A. Plisco
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The Pittsburgh Penguins broke with tradition on Draft Day One, selecting only North American players. However, they began Day Two by choosing a Slovak forward and eventually selected a Czech goalie before days end.
The Pens Day Two picks were as follows :
They chose Tomas Surovny in round 4, 120 overall. The 6’0″ 191lbs. forward hails from Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. He played last season in Proprad.
Ben Eaves was also taken in round 4, 131 overall. The Boston College center stands at 5’8″ and 174lbs. The Minneapolis, MN native plans on attending Harvard.
Round 5 pick was spent on Andy Schneider, making him 156 overall. The 6’0″ 220lbs defender was born in Grand Forks, North Dakata and played for Lincoln of the USHL this past season. He is described as a scoring blue-liner that has a mean streak.
The round 7, 217 overall selection was used to capture Czech goalie prospect Tomas Duba. Duba was born in Prague and played for Sparta Jr. He is listed at 6’0″ 176lbs.
The Pens final pick of ’01 was used to secure Brandon Crawford-West in round 7, 250 overall. Also a goalie, the 5’11″185lbs. San Diego, California native played for the NAHL’s Texas in 2000-01.
In conclusion the Pens selected 4 Americans, 3 Canadians, 1 Slovak, and 1 Czech prospect. They chose 4 defenseman, 3 forwards, and 2 goalies. They have addressed the need to find future depth for the rear-guard and net-minder positions, while actively searching for a combination of size and grit.
The average defenseman they picked stood a Read more»

7th Round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

by Mark Fischel
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ROUND 7

1. New York Islanders, Jan Holub, Defenseman
2. Toronto, Ivan Kolozvary, Forward
3. Atlanta, Matt Suderman, Defenseman
4. Florida, Toni Koivisto, Forward
5. Atlanta, Colin Fitzrandolph, Center
6. Minnesota, Derek Boorgard, Forward
7. Montreal, Andrew Archer, Defenseman
8. Columbus, Raffaele Sannitz, Forward
9. Chicago, Teemu Jaasklainen, Defenseman
10. New York Rangers, Petr Preucil, Center
11. Calgary, Garett Bembridge, Right Winger
12. Philadephia, Thierry Douville, Defenseman
13. Boston, Jordan Sigalet, Goalie
14. Phoenix, Steve Belanger, Goalie
15. Carolina, Sean Curry, Defenseman
16. Vancouver, Jason King, Right Winger
17. Toronto, Jan Chovan, Goalie
18. Los Angeles, Cristobal Huet, Goalie
19. Edmonton, Dan Baum, Center/LW
20. Chicago, Oleg Minakov, Forward
21. Pittsburgh, Tomas Duba, Goalie
22. Ottawa, Jan Platil, Defenseman
23. Tampa Bay, Dennis Packard, Forward
24. Calgary, David Moss, Forward
25. Washington, John Oduya, Defenseman
26. Tampa Bay, Jeremy Van Hoof, Defenseman
27. Ottawa, Brandon Bochenski, Forward
28. Anahiem, Tony Martensson, Forward
29. Philadelphia, David Printz, N/A Read more»

Rangers 2001 Draft Review – Day Two

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The Rangers headed into the 4th round with the 113th overall selection, courtesy of Carolina in the Sandy McCarthy trade last summer. With players such as Colt King and Egor Shastin on the board, the Rangers selected defenseman Bryce Lampman from Omaha of the USHL. He is a 6’1 193 pound defenseman who shoots left.

Since the Rangers traded down in the 3rd round with Minnesota, they received the Wild’s 5th round pick (139th Overall). With that pick, the Rangers selected Right Wing Shawn Collymore from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Collymore is 5’11 and 185 pounds. According to Hockey’s Future’s QMJHL Writer Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis, he says “Collymore is a crafty right-winger with magical hands and an excellent hockey-sense. He can do almost anything with the puck. Collymore has a really fast release, but his shot isnt particulary hard, however it’s really precise. Collymore’s skating is good, and it could still improve. He “slides” naturally on the ice, but his foot speed could be improved even more. Collymore’s first step is usually slow, and he dont have an explosive acceleration, something he will have to work on in order to perform at the next level. Otherwise, Collymore is a finesse player that is growing into a dedicated leader. He wont back down from physical play, but he wont look for it either.” Collymore more than doubled his production this past season from the previous year, scoring 24 goals and 43 assists in 71 games played. I’m going to be excited about seeing his potential future.

In round 6, the Rangers held the 176th Read more»

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