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.

 

67’s Keep on Rolling

by Jake Dole
on

Pre-Game Notes

The shorthanded 67’s were in tough Friday night with a match against the 6-2-0-1 Peterborough Petes. Out for 2 games was the captain Zenon Konopka, suspended for instigating in a scuffle in last Sunday’s game with the Barrie Colts’ Tyler Hanchuck. In addition, rookie center Corey Locke suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game; he is expected to be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

To shore up the lineup, the 67’s acquired a 16-year old Left Wing Jeremy Akeson from the London Knights. He had been playing with the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL (Central Junior Hockey League). There he played in 9 games and collected 3 goals, 6 points with a team-high 54 penalty minutes. Akeson made his OHL debut in last night’s game.
Juroslav Sklenar is going back to his native Czech Republic because of home sickness. The Left Winger has cleared waivers, which permits him to return.
Hall-of-famer Jean Beliveau was in attendance in last night’s game, dropping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The former member of the Montreal Canadiens was greeted with a standing ovation and a series of clips on the Civic Center’s brand new replay screen.
The 67s will host the first game of the 3-part Hershey Cup Series on Januray 16, 2001. The OHL’s Eastern Conference All-Stars will meet the Quebec Hockey League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. Eatern time. The other Read more»

Calder Corner for Oct 12th

by HF Staff
on


The Calder Corner

NOTHING!

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
on

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
on


Forwards

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



Defensemen

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



Goalies

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
on

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.

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