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.

 

Cup Champs Open Camp September 8th

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The Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils should open the 2000-01 season without a great number of new players on the roster. However, training camp should still be quite interesting for Devil watchers.

Goaltender Ari Ahonen, New Jersey’s first round pick in the 1999 draft, will be attending his first NHL camp. The 19 year old Finn has played well in his native country but the Devils are anxious to see how this will translate to the North American game.

Ahonen has no chance of being on the opening night roster. New Jersey would love for the young netminder to agree to play this season at Albany of the AHL which would likely accelerate his progress.

Six 2000 draft choices plan on being in training camp, none of whom are even being considered for spots at this time. Still, defensemen Phil Cole and Deryk Engelland along with forwards Michael Rupp, Max Birbraer, Mike Jefferson and Warren McCutcheon hope to make a lasting impression on Coach Larry Robinson.

Of that group expect 6-5, 230 lb. Rupp to get a long look. 5-9, 190 lb. Jefferson will get some attention if only due to the fact that he is likely to start some skirmishes based on his abrasive style.

Training camp opens on September 8th at South Mountain Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. The first exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh is scheduled for September 16th in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Leafs’ Rookie Camp roster set

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The Leafs Rookie Camp roster has now been set. The team listed below will participate in two-a-day workouts at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on August 29th and 30th and will then take part in a round robin tournament against the prospects of the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. The tournament will also take place in Kitchener and will run between September 1st and September 4th. Here is Toronto’s final roster.

Goaltenders: Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, and Jean-Francois Racine

Defensemen: Jean-Philippe Cote, Peter Reynolds, Allan Rourke, Petr Svoboda, Lubos Velebny, Vaclav Zavoral, and Jonathan Zion.

Forwards: Brad Boyes, Luca Cereda, Miguel Delisle, Jonathan Gagnon, Lance Galbraith, Jacques Lariviere, Franticek Mrazek, Mirko Murovic, Ben Ondrus, Alex Ponikarovsky, Vadim Sozinov, Michal Travnicek, Kris Vernarsky, Morgan Warren

The majority of these youngsters are already under contract with the Maple Leafs’ organization or are unsigned selections from the team’s previous drafts. Galbraith and Ondrus are free agents hoping to secure a professional contract just as Centomo and Lariviere did last year with solid play in the Rookie Tournament.
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Pavel Brendl Update

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I know a lot of Ranger fans and other hockey fans around the world are
waiting for top prospect Pavel Brendl to make his mark on the NHL. Will Pavel
impress Ron Low, Glen Sather and the rest of the New York Rangers’ management
during training camp and earn a roster spot? I sure think so.

Brendl has been training very hard this summer with Adam Graves, Jamie
Lundmark and Stefan Cherneski. He’s already up to 6’1 205 lbs. and a lot of
knowledgeable hockey people suggest he will gain more weight before training
camp starts. It’s good news to Ranger fan’s ears to hear that Pavel is
training and working hard this summer. Most fans remember Brendl coming to
camp last year out of shape and with an attitude that he was already good
enough to make the team and he didn’t need to work hard. He was proven wrong
and the Rangers made sure he would turn things around this summer and so far
he has done just that.

So where should we expect Pavel to play? If he falters again in training
camp, he will be sent back to his junior team.
However, there’s a good chance he’ll do well and if he does, he should be 3rd
line RW for the Rangers this season. 10-15 goals and 30 or so points is good
numbers to project for Brendl’s rookie season. If things go EXTREMELY well,
the sky is the limit for Brendl, and we may see him score 50 goals in a
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The Weekend Warrior

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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Mikael Tellqvist news: The player now widely considered to be the Maple Leafs’ “goaltender of the future”, Mikael Tellqvist, is under contract with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League for the upcoming season … Tommy Soderstrom, the former Djurgarden starter, has retired and Mikael (the SEL Rookie of the Year in 1999 / 2000) expects to handle the bulk of the work there this year … Tellqvist was recently named to the Swedish National Team for the Ceske Pojistovna Tournament in the Czech Republic later this month and he should get the bulk of the playing time there as well … Tellqvist’s primary competition for the #1 job with the Swedish National Team, Johan Holmqvist, is not playing in the tournament as he has already left for the New York Rangers camp … Mikael feels strongly that he’d like to get at least a year of significant National Team experience before coming over to play in North America … at this time, he plans to re-evaluate his situation at the conclusion of this season … Mikael Tellqvist is an extremely important player in Toronto’s long range plans and we will be following his progress closely on behalf of all Leaf fans here at Hockey’s Future …
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Blues Release Training Camp Dates And Roster

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Today the St. Louis Blues announced that training camp will officially open Sept. 7th, however, players won’t actually hit the ice until Sept. 11th. Workouts will be held at U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Chesterfield , MO. Prior to training camp Blues prospects will participate in a six team tournament Sept. 2-5. Other teams involved inclued the Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues will look to defend last years championship with a somewhat interesting roster. The most noteable observation is the size of the players listed. Check out both the rookie camp and training camp rosters below.

2000 St. Louis Blues Rookie Camp Roster



Forwards

Graham Belak 6-5 230 Kootenay (WHL)
Andy Burnham 6-4 271 Sarnia (OHL)
Randy Copley 6-2 225 Montreal (QMJHL)
Aaron Fox 6-0 190 Minnesota (WCHA)
Tony Hutchins 6-2 221 Boston College (NCAA)
Kevin Karlander 6-0 195 Univ. of Vermont (NCAA)
Brett Lutes 6-0 182 Montreal (QMJHL)
Shawn Mamane 6-0 190 Worcester (AHL)
David Morisset 6-2 195 Seattle (WHL)
Justin Papineau 5-11 180 Belleville (OHL)
Yevgeny Pastukh 5-11 179 Red Army CSKA (Moscow)
Mark Rycroft 6-0 190 Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
A. Troschinsky 6-5 187 Ust-Kamenogorsk (KAZ)
Roger Trudeau 6-3 205 N. Michigan (CCHA) Read more»