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.

 

Flames 2000 Entry Draft Review Part 2

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Day two saw the Flames still thinking BIG, three of their six picks on Sunday were a massive 6’2″, 6’3″, and 6’4″. “I had a plan. I wanted us to get bigger” says Mckenzie. And did they ever. Think back to the glory days in Calgary, size does matter. Mckenzie also stole another gem of a netminder in Levente Szuper of the Ottawa 67′s, taking Ottawa to the memorial cup in 99.

116th overall , Calgary selected Ottawa 67′s netminder Levente Szuper. This 5’11″ 20 year old has sensational speed, and is excellent on his feet. At 187 lbs Szuper has tremendous endurance, logging over 50 games last season. His 2.56 GAA gave him 3rd overall in the OHL , also boasting a .918 save percentage tying him for the league lead. With Szuper playing two full seasons with Ottawa we’ll most likely see him in Saint John playing for the baby Flames next season.

In the fifth round Calgary added to their list of WHL prospects choosing Wade Davis of the Calgary Hitmen, and Travis Moen of the Kelowna Rockets. Davis is a solid defensive defenseman recording 3g-15a and an impressive +32 rating last season for the Hitmen. Central Scouting ranked Davis 51st before saturdays draft. At only 18 this 6’4″ giant has some time to progress and develop into a major force on the blueline.

Travis Moen was selected 155th overall, Calgary’s fourth WHL prospect. Playing for the Kelowna Rockets last season Moen tallied 9g-6a in 66 games. At 6’2″ and 198lbs Moen loves the physical play. Look for Moen to continue developing with the Rockets squad next season.
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Leafs: Tellqvist and Lindros Update

by Randy Nicholson
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Mikael Tellqvist Update

Mikael Tellqvist (Djurgarden, Sweden) – The Leafs clearly felt a need to replenish the goaltending ranks during this draft and actually selected two of them in Round 3 (see J-F Racine below). The selection of Tellqvist was a major surprise in that he was completely overlooked in the final CSB rankings. This much is known about him; he missed the World Junior Tourney because of injury, he is already 20 years old and he played sparingly yet strongly in the Swedish Elite League during this past season. Given Toronto’s recent ability to uncover unknown gems in Europe (Markov, Kaberle, Berezin, Antropov etc.), I wouldn’t bet against this guy.

Mr. Tellqvist’s representative, Mr. Michael Deutch, was kind enough to supply me with the following facts that will be of great interest to all Maple Leaf fans.

· Mikael did miss the 1999 WJC due to a fractured skull but he recovered quite quickly and now feels no ill side effects from the injury.

· This past season Mikael became the number one netminder in Djurgarden, supplanting former NHLer Tommy Soderstrom. Djurgarden won the Swedish championship, due in no small part to Mikael’s performance in goal. He played every game.

· Following the end of the Swedish season, Mikael was selected to back-up Tommy Salo of the Oilers’ at the World Championship Tournament in St. Petersburg, where he played in one game.

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A Look At BCHL Players Drafted

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Here is a quick look at three of the four BCHL players picked in this years draft.

Ivan Huml

- 6’2″ forward is a natural goal scorer…. deadly from twenty feet or closer.
- A native of the Czech Republic, he has played the last two seasons for the Langley Hornets of the BCHL.

- Needs to improve his quickness, has decent, not great flat out speed.

- Does not like the tough going, and struggled in the playoffs because of this.

Nathan Martz/

- 6’2″ 170lb forward has played the last three seasons for his hometown Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL Junior A Hockey League.
-Finished third in league scoring this past season with 35 goals and 110 points in 59 games.

-Has accepted a full four year scholarship with the New Hampshire Wildcats.

- Has great on ice vision, sees the complete ice very well.

- Needs to improve his skating and upper body strength

- Great showing at the Viking Cup tournament over the Christmas holidays solidified his draft ranking.

- Was named Team Playoff MVP this season after tallying 48 points in 25 games, leading the Chiefs to a berth in the National Championship tournament.

- Very safe fifth round pick by the Rangers, should develop very nicely over the next four years, playing for the Wildcats, former team of another Chilliwack Chief alumni, and Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog.

Nathan Marsters

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IHL Player Profile – Jani Hurme

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL PLAYER PROFILE


Jani Hurme
Birthdate: January 7, 1975
Hometown: Turku, Finalnd
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Team League GP W L T GAA

1992-93 TPS Turku Finn-Jr. 12 4.22
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 1 0
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Finland 2 3 2.21
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 18 3.16
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 2 2.41
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 9 5.22
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 16 2.16
1995-96 Kiekko-67 Finland 2 16 2.42
1995-96 TPS Turku Finn-Jr. 13 2.63
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 48 31 11 6 2.08
1997-98 Detroit IHL 6 2 2 2 4.13
1997-98 Indianapolis IHL 29 11 11 3 3.30
1998-99 Detroit IHL 12 7 3 1 2.43
1998-99 Cincinnati IHL 26 14 9 2 3.40
1999-00 Grand Rapids IHL 52 29 15 4 2.18
1999-00 Ottawa NHL 0 0 0 0 0.00

Assigned by the Ottawa Senators to the Griffins on October 11, 1999.
First season as a Griffin. Fifth year as a pro. Jani is in his third pro season
in North America. Ottawa resigned Jani to a multi-year deal on August 19,
1999 which runs through the 2000-01 season.

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Colorado 2000 Draft Review

by Mike Kretschmer
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The Deal…

The Avs management has returned from the 2000 Entry and Expansion Drafts with a smile. Despite a flurry of deals, the Avs stood strong, and only made one questionable deal. Many were shocked by the trade of All-Star defender Sandis Ozolinsh, and the lack of perceived value that the Avs got in return. While it would have been wiser for the Avs to try to trade Ozo to different team for more value, you must remember that Ozolinsh’s value is diminished by the fact that Carolina still has to sign him to a heavy $5 million contract. A signed Ozo is worth more than an unsigned one, thus the return Colorado received. Having another physical defender in Nolan Pratt on the squad is a benefit. In the playoffs, defenders like Greg DeVries and Eric Messier weren’t enough against strong trapping teams like Dallas. A pairing of Pratt and Miller or Klemm could be the Avs 3rd pair.

As expected…

The Bruins exercised their option to take the Avs first round pick this year. This almost left the Avs with out a pick until the second round. But, they were fortunate to acquire a pick (14th), plus 2 second round ones from Carolina in the Ozolinsh trade.

The Draft:
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