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.


Traverse City Tourney, Day 2

by Jessica Haskin

Second Game, Second Loss

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t had great success at this year’s prospect
tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Playing two games and losing
each by one point.

The Minnesota Wild’s beat Detroit five to four after Detroit had a lead
of three to nothing in the first period. In the second game, the
Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings two to one.

Joey MacDonald defended the net for Detroit with Pascal Leclaire
starting in goal for Columbus.
Columbus’ Trevor Ettinger and Detroit’s Jeff Feniak did a little dance
for the fans when they dropped the gloves twelve minutes into the game.
Both received 5 minute majors for fighting.

Columbus scored first with six minutes and nineteen seconds to go in the
first period. Brian Cummings getting a pass from Scott Heffeman sent the
puck through MacDonald’s five-hole.
Ettinger was still itching for a good fight and went with Brian
McGrattan three minutes into the second period. Ettinger pulled
McGrattan’s jersey over his head after they’d both gotten a few shots in
on each other. Ettinger then gave McGrattan a few more shots to the face
and pulled him down to the ice when they officials broke it up. Both
were given five minute fighting majors and a game misconduct.

Columbus’ Duvie Westcott went to the penalty box for slashing seven
minutes and twelve seconds into the second period. Thirty-five seconds
into the power play Chad LaRose put Detroit on the score board. Greg
Jacina passed across the front of the net to LaRose who put it in the
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Sabres Report: From St. Catherines to Charleston

by Ken McKenna

The traveling road show otherwise known as the 2001 Buffalo Sabres’ training camp will kick off in St. Catherines, ON on September 12th at the Jack Gatecliff Arena. This will begin a preseason odyssey for the team that will see them travel several hundred miles to points North, South and Midwest, all for the purpose of preparing the Sabres for the coming 2001-02 season.

Following the completion of the Canadian phase of camp on September 15th, the Sabres, in a move that is sure to pad their frequent flyer miles, will depart for that Southern hockey hotbed of Charleston, SC. Charleston, of course, is the home of Buffalo affiliate, and reigning ECHL champ, the South Carolina Stingrays. This portion of camp will run from September 17th-20th, with the team then returning to Buffalo to finish off their camp at both the HSBC Arena and the Pepsi Center in Amherst, NY.

The fun truly begins on September 21st, when Buffalo opens their slate of 6 preseason games with a contest at HSBC Arena vs. the Ottawa Senators. The 2001 preseason schedule looks like this:




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Vancouver Giants: Building a Winner

by Dave Donnelly

A few hours before the Vancouver Giants began their third pre-season game out at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, I spoke with Scott Bonner, GM, about the organizational plans for the newest team to enter the WHL. A laid-back gentleman, Bonner was warm and relaxed but at the same time candid, and left me with the impression that he was pulling together a wealth of hockey knowledge that had worked collaboratively in formulating a solid game-plan for the full development of the club.

The first order of business for these Giants under Bonner’s tutelage was to put an entertaining product on the ice. He pared it down to bringing together a close-knit group of young players—no bad apples need apply—that realized they are privileged to be playing in the best under-20 league in the world, and who are going to buy into Head Coach Milan Dragicevic’s proven approach: hard work every night.

If the first local pre-season game held earlier in the week at the South Surrey Arena against the Kamloops Blazers—one that they won 6-5 with 16 seconds remaining in OT—is any indication of what is in store for the fans, the Giants will indeed satiate all appetites for some earnest, never-say-die hockey.

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FLA-PHO Rookie Game Recap

by HF Staff

HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Friday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Phoenix Coyotes defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2. Florida’s record in the tourney dropped to 0-3-0. The Panthers will play in the consolation game at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Florida’s goal scorers on Friday were LW Josh Olson (Florida’s sixth choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft) and C Stephen Weiss. Selected in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft (fourth overall), Weiss tied the score at two in the second period on a top right corner power play goal. Weiss was named the Player of the Game for the Panthers. G Davis Parley stopped 24 shots. Phoenix’s final goal was an empty net tally. The Panthers outshot the Coyotes 36-28.

FIRST PERIOD: Florida fired 15 shots on goal and opened a 1-0 lead on Olson’s second goal in as many nights. He was assisted on the power play tally by RW David Morisset and C Mike Green. The Panthers outhsot the Coyotes 15-6 and benefited from five power play opportunities.

SECOND PERIOD: Weiss evened the score and notched his first goal of the tourney with a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net. D Lucas Krajicek and RW Sean O’Connor each assisted on the power play goal. Phoenix scored twice on the power play, connecting for a pair of goals just 0:51 seconds apart. Florida held a 12-10 advantage in shots in the period, and a 27-16 edge for two periods combined. Morisset finished the game with three shots and six hits before being ejected for fighting in t Read more»

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