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.

 

Soo Greyhounds Bantam Camp Wraps Up

by Brad Coccimiglio
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The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held their first ever Bantam mini-camp on Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th. The camp was for all players selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft or in the 2000 OHL Priority draft who were of Bantam age. In total 23 players attended the 2 day camp.
10 players from the Bantam camp are eligible to attend the Greyhounds main camp and compete for a spot on the Greyhounds roster when the team opens up the full camp on August 30th. Those 10 players include defensemen Chris Martin, Dustin Van Ballegooie, Tyler Campbell, and Jeremy Swanson, centres Brent Crawford, Cliff Miller and Craig Meredith as well as wingers Mike Melinko, Tyler Barath and Brett Trudell. Swanson and Trudell were the Greyhounds top 2 selections in the 2000 OHL draft. Swanson was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) while Trudell was selected in the 2nd round (36th overall). The other 8 players were selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft.
By the looks of things the Greyhounds may be in for another successful season. Four players in particular, all defensemen, used this 2 day mini-camp to showcase themselves to Greyhounds management. They include Dustin Van Ballegooie, Jeremy Swanson, Chris Martin and Tyler Campbell. Read more»

Predators Announce Rookie Camp Roster

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The Nashville Predators have released their roster for the upcoming rookie camp and tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, Sept. 2-5. There are several top propsects on the roster this year, including Denis Arkhipov, who recently signed a contract has finally come to North America. Arkhipov is one of the top prospects in the organization and an excellent goal scorer. He has an outside chance to make the Predators this season and his initial performance at the rookie tournament could be the first step toward the NHL.
Other strong prospects include Jonas Andersson, who was the most impressive rookie in last year’s camp. Andersson also has a chance to make the Predators this season, especially after spending an entire season in North America with the North Bay Centennials of the OHL. Martin Bartek has completed his QMJHL career and could also be a candidate to play in the NHL this season, but he will likely spend the year in Milwaukee of the IHL.
Scott Hartnell is perhaps the biggest name among this group of prospects, after he was selected sixth overall by the Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Hartnell will look to impress the Nashville staff and show the team that he is closer to the NHL than the scouts believe, but it is almost certain that he will be back with Prince Albert of the WHL this season.
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Thoresen Leads Norway`s U-18 Team To 2nd In 4 Nations

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The upstart Norwegian Under 18 Team lead by Patrick Thoresen and Peter Lorentzen started the tourney by shocking Slovakia by way of a 5-5 tie after being down 2-0 early in the first. Thoresen added a goal and teammate Thomas Tangnes added 2 goals and 1 assist.
In the second game Norway downed Germany 3-0 on goals by Thomas Tangnes, Erik Johansen and Peter Lorentzen. Thoresen assisted on the game winner 14 minutes into the first period.
In the final game Norway rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie Switzerland 3-3. Norway received goals from Peter Lorentzen, Thomas Tangnes and Patrick Thoresen whose third period goal tied the game for good.
The showing in the tourney was a solid move forward for the Norwegian National Side as they have been struggling to rebuild after years of being outclassed by their European Neighbors and North American Competitors.

Player POS GP G A TP
Peter Lorentzen FW 3 2 4 6
Thomas Tangnes FW 3 4 1 5
Patrick Thoresen FW 3 1 4 5
Henning Thorsnes FW 3 1 0 1
Rene Bøe FW 3 1 0 1
Kenneth Andersen DF 1 0 1 1
Tom Martin Hammerstad FW 3 0 1 1
Erik Wallace Johansen FW 3 0 1 1

***Thoresen, Tangnes and Lorentzen all finished +3 in plus/minus.

A fine showing by Norway`s future Stars…

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Portland Pirates Preview

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The Portland Pirates will start their season in about a month’s time with more than half of last year’s roster intact. This will be a very different team however, as they will no longer have superstar goaltender Martin Brochu leading them into battle. Brochu signed with Calgary recently in an attempt to get to the NHL quicker.

The 2000-01 edition of the Pirates will have an overhauled defense corps, and should have a more potent offense. They will be counting on at least four rookies and four veteran additions to get them back to the form that had them first overall for an extended stretch last year.

Trying to predict a lineup before training camp begins is very difficult, as anything can and will happen before opening night. Using the entire organizational roster as a starting point, I have constructed what I think think the Pirates roster will look like.

The top line will consist of centre Jeff Nelson between wingers Mike Peluso and Matt Pettinger. Nelson is an offensive force for the Pirates and is a veteran leader among the forwards. Peluso has proved time and time again that he is top-line material and should once again be among the Pirates’ top scorers. Pettinger is a rookie, and would not normally be considered for the top line. However, the Pirates lost their top three left wingers in the off-season (Elomo, Moore, Toms) and are very thin at that position.
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