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.

 

NCAA Stats for 2002 Draft Eligible Players

by Paul MacDonald
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Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 NCAA Rankings

1. Boston University Terriers - Ryan Whitney, D 14 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Rob Globke, W 15 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 PTS

3. Michigan State Spartans - Jim Slater, C 17 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 PTS

4. Michigan Wolverines - Eric Nystrom, W 17 GP, 7 G, 6 A, 13 PTS

5. Yale Bulldogs - Christopher Higgins, C 11 GP, 6 G, 5 A, 11 PTS

6. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Keith Ballard, D 17 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 PTS

7. Michigan Wolverines - Jason Ryznar, W 17 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 9 PTS

8. Boston University Terriers - Brian McConnell, C 14 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 PTS

9. North Dakota Fighting Sioux - Matt Jones, D 15 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS

10. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Barry Tallackson, W 17 GP, 6 G, 2 A, 8 PTS

11. Michigan State Spartans - Lee Falardeau, W 16 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS

12. Merrimack Warriors - M Read more»

CHL News and Notes

by CHL Press Release
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FOUR TEAMS LEFT TO BID FOR 2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ON DEC. 18

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League have withdrawn
their bid to host the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Five Ontario Hockey League teams were scheduled to make formal bids to host
the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, with the bid presentations taking place
Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Toronto. The Greyhounds were scheduled to be one of
those teams, but the club announced on Wednesday that it had decided to
forgo the opportunity to bid, citing difficulties with their facility in
accommodating a Memorial Cup at this time as the primary reason.

The OHL determined before this season that the top four teams in each of its
two conferences (and ties, if any) at the 30-game mark of the regular season
would have the opportunity to play host to the championship tournament of
the Canadian Hockey League from May 18-26, 2002. All OHL teams hit the
30-game mark this past weekend and nine teams were eligible to make bids.

The league announced on Tuesday afternoon that five teams would make formal
bid presentations at Toronto’s Airport Marriott Hotel. The other four teams
that will still make bids on Dec. 18 are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters,
the Guelph Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.

The Memorial Cup Selection Committee that will hear the formal presentations
is comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer, commissioner’s office
for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, Director of the National Hockey
League’s Central Scouting Bureau and Bryan Read more»

Canadian Junior Camp Update

by Bill Thompson
on

The Beatrice Ice Gardens was about half full of fans, scouts and media on Wednesday night to observe the second red and white game for the Canadian World Junior Team. With the first five cuts expected to come early Thursday morning this game was very important for those players on the bubble. This is especially true for the d-men since there are only 2 spots open on the blueline and 8 guys trying out. Here is a rundown of some of the players who impressed and also 5 players I believe will be going home Thursday.

IMPRESSIVE:

Mike Cammalleri (LW) – The little dynamo from Michigan was probably the best player on the ice. He is skating very well and passing the puck beautifully. He also scored a very nice goal with a pinpoint accurate shot in the top corner.

Brian Sutherby (LW) – It is obvious that this guy had been playing with the big boys in the NHL for a while this year. He was a physical presence as well as showing good speed down the wing. Sutherby is a sure bet to win one of the available forward spots.

Scottie Upshall (LW) – Played very well, has good speed and works hard on every shift. He will also make the team in my opinion and will be a valuable asset. Looked much better than Nash. At this point I would say Upshall is ahead of Nash for the 2002 draft.

Matthew Lombardi (C) – It is obvious that Lombardi wants a spot on the team badly. He is working very hard and has great speed. He seemed to adapt to there being no red line very well, getting in behind the defense to spring himself Read more»

London Knights Report Cards

by Jason Ahrens
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The OHL season is creeping up on the halfway point and with the Canadian Junior camp opening up this week it’s a good time to review the progress of a few of the Knights.

A Grades

Rick Nash-Hard to find too much bad to say about this guy, he has worked his way up into the top 5 scorers in the league, competes hard every night, uses his body, plays thirty minutes a game a lot of nights, and is hungry for the puck. He is the only 17 year old invited to try out for Team Canada, is rated the top skater in the OHL by central scouting and will likely be no lower than second in North America when they come out with those ratings. He is worth the price of admission most nights.

Dennis Wideman-This undrafted 18 year old defenceman is really rounding into top form. Now that Lubos Velebny has been dealt, he is the top defender on London and quarterbacks the power play. Is averaging exactly a point a game, his plus minus is respectable for the amount of minutes he plays, and is the best open ice hitter on the Knights. His strong points are his puck handling and shot, he has to bulk up a bit and make sharper passes on the breakout. Look for a team that needs some depth on D in their minor ranks to draft him next June in the later rounds.

Corey Perry-This sweet sixteen year old has had one impressive autumn. He was recently named to play for Team Ontario in the under 17 championships this Christmas. He is tall and lanky, but is like the Timex watch, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He never shies away from going to the Read more»

Top 5 Bantam Ratings For the OHL Cup

by CHL Press Release
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Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the weekly list
of the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings for the 2001-02 season.

Each week, the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings are selected by a panel of
Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting staff based on team play during the
ranking period. Teams are divided into four territories for the purpose of
the rankings including; Central (GTHL), East (Ajax and east), West (Oakville
and west) and North (Richmond Hill and north).

The OHL Cup, which is sponsored by the Ontario Hockey League, showcases some
of Ontario’s finest Bantam aged hockey players during a six day tournament
held March 25 – 30, 2002 in Brantford.

The champion from each of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association,
Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ontario Minor Hockey Association, Minor Hockey
Alliance of Ontario, Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Greater
Toronto Hockey League, along with the host Brantford 99’ers, will compete in
the 2002 Ontario Bantam Championship for the OHL Cup.

The Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings will be released each Tuesday leading
up to the 2002 OHL Cup, along with a monthly composite ranking.

Regional Rankings – Week 5

EAST

1) Nepean Raiders
2) Quinte Red Devils
3) Ottawa Valley Titans
4) Whitby Wildcats
5) Peterborough Petes

WEST

1) Oakville Rangers
2) Huron Perth Lakers
3) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4) Grey Bruce Highlanders Read more»

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