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.

 

IHL: Competitive Parity

by Parker Neale
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Offence has been pretty hard to come by this year in the IHL. Goals,
shots and power-play goals are all quite low, as a whole. This decrease
can be attributed mainly to the strong goaltending now present in the
league. As opposed to many previous seasons, goaltenders have stepped
up to be valuable contributors of their teams this year. The
backstopper who has really gotten off to a torrid pace is Mike Fountain
of the Grand Rapids Griffins as he has sparkled in the absence of
now-Senator Jani Hurme. Fountain has produced a 1.75 GAA and 0.933 save
percentage in 10 starts thus far. While Fountain has provided the
defence, Todd White has been the sparkplug on the offensive end for the
Griffins. Grand Rapids is not alone as the majority of IHL teams have
certain players that are leading them in their quest towards the Turner
Cup.

In Cleveland, Christian Matte has had no problems in his transition from
the AHL to the IHL as he has tallied 12 goals in his first 18 games. He
has been assisted by Brian Bonin, who has 19 points thus far. In net
for the Lumberjacks, Zac Bierk has been stellar, registering 8 wins and
a 0.913 save percentage.

In Orlando, Curtis Murphy has had to step up his play in the absence of
Mark Beaufait and has 18 points in 20 games. The Solar Bears have also
received top-notch goaltending from Norm Maracle, who already has 9 wins
to go along with his 0.912 save percentage.

It has been a different story in Cincinnati in terms of goaltending, as
they do not have a netminder within the top ten in the league
sta Read more»

Lindros risking another comeback

by Jeff Bromley
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The news that Eric Lindros has been cleared to make his return to NHL hockey after suffering the sixth concussion of his oft-injured career is disturbing at best. Not that any hockey fan worth his or her weight in pucks wouldn’t salivate at the site of the big, hulking center returning to the game that he loves, it comes down to the question of priorities.

In his career, Eric Lindros has been the center of attention. Whether it’s coming out of junior as the highly touted ‘Next One’ or admittedly refusing to report to the Quebec Nordiques both when and after the club drafted him first overall in 1990, being traded to two different teams at the same time (New York Rangers and Philadelphia), there definitely hasn’t been any shortage of copy or water-cooler talk on the big ‘E’ since he emerged as a hockey force over ten years ago. Now Lindros suffers attention of another kind, mostly of the medical variety. In a drama that’s playing out eerily similar to that of the fate of Eric’s younger brother Brett, who had to retire after two seasons with the New York Islanders due to Post-Concussion syndrome the elder Lindros is tempting fate by refusing to succumb to the many knocks to the noggin he has suffered in his nine-year career.

The strained relationship that has developed between himself and the Philadelphia Flyers or more appropriately, Flyers G.M. Bob Clarke has deteriorated to such a state that Lindros is openly courting the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade for the rights to sign him. A restricted free-agent, the talks between the Leafs and Flyers are movi Read more»

Liv Joins Zetterberg as Rookie Nominee

by Jessica Haskin
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Stefan Liv joined Henrik Zetterberg as the second player to be nominated
as rookie of the year for the Sweden Elite League. There will be four
nominations before the seasons end.

The winner will have the honor of the title and his team will receive
$5000 (US dollars) and the same to his home team, which in Liv’s case is
HC Dalen.

The jury unanimously voted on Liv as the second nominee. “Stefan Liv
has handled strong pressure during this fall. Even when his team lost
seven games in a row he played well. He has already made his debut in
the national team Tre Kronor, keeping in mind that he never before
played in any junior national team.”

The nineteen year old goalie is third in the league for his goals
against average at 2.10. His save percentage of .902 is sixth best in a
league that some consider to be the second best league in the world
after the NHL.

Liv commented on his nomination saying “Of course I am honored to be
nominated, but as far as I am concerned it´s my team HV-71 and what we
can do in the Elite League that is number one for me.”

Last season Liv began as the third string goalie for HV-71. He was
loaned to Tranas AIF in Allsvenskan where he posted exceptional numbers
in nine games. His 2.17 GAA and .920 save percentage impressed the
coaches who gave him the nod for HV-71 in the Swedish Elite League.

By the end of the year Liv had taken over the starting position playing
27 games. He posted a 2.09 GAA and .919 save percentage in that time.

Former Philadelphia Flyer, Mi Read more»

Recap of the tournaments of the Czech Under-20 and Under-18 teams

by Robert Neuhauser
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The Under-20 team

The Under-20 teams of Czech Republic, Russia and Finland headed to Sweden in the second week of November to participate in a tournament held in Uddevalla, Sweden. This 4-nations tournament was scheduled as the last chance to meet the opponents from the top Euro countries before the WJC in Russia, beginning Dec., 26th. Every country built a strong squad, where most of the players are projected to play in Russia, especially the players from the Sweden and Finland rosters. But for example the Czechs are going to invite up to 8 players, playing in the CHL this year. The last season’s team invited 5 – and it won the championship. The team in Sweden was good, too, even if it missed injured Michal Sivek of HC Sparta Praha (Washington Capitals draft pick) and Vaclav Nedorost of HC Ceske Budejovice, drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. The players of the Under-20 team don’t see a lot of ice time in their respective Elite league teams (mostly on powerplay and penalty killing units) and they split time between the Extraleague and the Junior league. Two NHL draftees competed in Sweden, Ivan Rachunek, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Ladislav Vlcek, draft choice of the Dallas Stars. 4 serious NHL prospects showed their skills for Sweden, 2001 eligibles Tomas Plekanec of HC Vagnerplast Kladno and Petr Puncochar of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary along with 2002 top talents Jiri Hudler of HC Slovnaft Vsetin and Marian Havel of SK Jihlava.

The Czech guys started out the tournament playing very well. Goalie Tomas Duba of HC Sparta Praha Jr. had a Read more»

November CSB lists

by pbadmin
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EUROPE, Preliminary ranking country-by-country, November 2000

CZECH REPUBLIC

    NAME             LEAGUE   TEAM             BIRTHDATE     HT     WT  POS SH
 1  Jiri Novotny       CZE    Budejovice       12 Aug 83    6.2    187   C   R
 2  Martin Kasik       CZE    Sparta jr        28 Jan 83    6.2    176   W   R
 3  Petr Puncochar     CZE    Karlovy Vary     08 Jun 83    6.1    200   D   R
 4  Tomas Micka        CZE    Slavia jr        07 Jun 83    6.2    176   W   L
 5  Zbynek Novak       CZE    Slavia jr        23 Jul 83    6.3    198   W   L
 6  Tomas Plihal       CZE    Liberec sr       28 Mar 83    6.1    176   W   L
 7  Lukas Dobry        CZE    Zlin jr          15 Apr 83    6.2    172   W   R
 8  Tomas Plekanec     CZE    Kladno jr        31 Oct 82    5.9    172   W   L
 9  Petr Domin         CZE    Karlovy V. jr    02 Jan 83    6.2    196   C   L
10  Ondrej Malinsky    CZE    Sparta jr        07 Apr 83    6.2    183   D   L
11  Radek Simecek      CZE    Zlin jr          04 Apr 83    6.0    176   D   L
12  Martin Soucek      CZE    Trebic sr        08 May 83    5.11   176   D   R
13  Jan Rehor          CZE    Budejovice jr    30 Apr 83    6.0    178   W   R
14  Lukas Chmelir      CZE    Karlovy V. jr    15 Apr 83    5.11   190   D   L
15  Jan Dresler        CZE    Vitkovice jr     12 Mar 83    6.0    185   D   L
16  Petr Haluza        CZE    Zlin jr          23 Jul 83    6.0    202   C   R
17  Ondrej Tatarcik    CZE    Vitkovice jr     05 Sep 83    6.3    194   W   L
18  Marek Tlamka       CZE    Trinec jr        20 Jun  Read more»

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