Michael Neal


Whitby Ontario

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5th round (149th overall), 2007


187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


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.



Appears to be a fringe AHL player at this point and may spend another year in the ECHL while competing for AHL call-ups.


Calder Corner for Oct 12th

by HF Staff

The Calder Corner


As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Phantoms Taste First Defeat; Titans Rally to Win Home Opener

by Bill Meltzer

The Philadelphia Phantoms, off to a 4-0-0 start, arrived in Cleveland for a Friday night tilt. It was the Phantoms’ third road game in four nights, which is often a harbinger of trouble. This game was no exception.

Philadelphia’s red hot powerplay was short-circuited in the game, going scoreless in seven opportunities. The Phantoms top line of Mark Freer (subbing for Marty Murray, who is on recall to the Flyers), Mark Greig, and Vaclav Pletka was shut down offensively and was out for three goals against. The top defensive pairing of John Slaney and Bruno St. Jacques also had a bad night and rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet only came up with 19 of the 24 shots he faced (conversely, the Barons’ Vesa Toskala turned aside 29 of 31 Philadelphia shots).

The Phantoms took an early lead, with Peter Vandermeer converting a Petr Hubacek feed at 1:41 of the first period. The game went downhill from there for Philadelphia, although the Hubacek line would once again tally a goal (which temporarily tied the game 2-2) early in the second period; Mike Lephart doing the scoring honors.

The final minute of play took quite awhile to complete, with fights breaking out three different times, including a pair of fights at the final buzzer.

Meanwhile, the news was better at the ECHL level. In a game televised in the Philadelphia area, the Trenton Titans won their home opener by a 3-1 count over the Reading Royals, riding a three goal outburst in the third period.

The Titans played a very sluggish first period, getting outshot 13 to 4 and losing most of the Read more»

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson


Colby Armstrong, F Red Deer (WHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 10 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM

Steven Crampton, F Moose Jaw (WHL)

Week: DNP – Injured
Season: DNP – Injured

Michel Ouellet, F Rimouski (QMJHL)

Week: 3 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 7 games, 12 goals, 9 assists, 4 PIM


Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 9 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 18 PIM

Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)

Week: 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 16 PIM


Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)

Week: 2 games, 124:28 min, 7 GA, 3.37 GAA, .926 SvPct
Season: 5 games, 243 min, 17 GA, 4.20 GAA, .900 SvPct

Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)

Week: 1 games, 60 min, 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, .952 SvPct
Season: 6 games, 322:36 min, 18 GA, 3.35 GAA, .877 SvPct

Congrats to Rimouski’s Michel Ouellet, who was named QMJHL’s Player of the week for the week 9-24 thru 9-30.

Is Petr Kanko playing illegally ??

by Jan Raz

Petr Kanko, a top czech prospect for this years draft, is playing for Kitchener illegaly. Kanko still has a valid contract in Sparta and went to Kitchener without permition to leave and without obtaining a transfer card from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the club said on Friday. That´s why IIHF was instructed to solve this matter and it should forbidd Kanko to play.

This information was given by the Sparta Prague manager Martin Urban. Sparta expects it´s top junior player to return and fulfill his current contract. This case was also given to a Czech lawyers and if Kanko wont make up his mind, he may be facing the Canadian court of justice. Let´s hope this player is as smart as talented.

Calder Corner for Oct 11th

by HF Staff

The Calder Corner

Edmonton Oilers

Scott Ferguson: Over-age prospect with 1st NHL Goal, +1, 1 Shot)

Nashville Predators
Denis Arkhipov: 1 Assist
Martin Erat: 1 Assist

San Jose Sharks
Jeff Jillson: 2 Assists, -1, 3 Shots

St Louis Blues
Brent Johnson: 26 shots, 20 saves, 0-1-1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

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