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.

 

Thrashers select Players for Traverse City Prospect Tourney

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Here is the Lineup:


FORWARDS (13):
Player Hgt Wght Shts BirthPlace Birthdate 99-20 Team Lge GP-G-A-PTS-PIM
Zdenek Blatny 6-1 187 L Brno, Czech Repub. 01-14-81 Seattle WHL 7-4-5-9-12
Kootenay WHL 61-43-39-82-119
Eric Bowen 6-2 225 L Canoga Park, Cali. 10-30-81 Portland WHL 69-2-5-7-184
Frederic Faucher 6-1 195 L Lorretville, Quebec 04-14-82 Drummondv. QMJHL 68-23-36-59-47
Simon Gamache 5-10 180 L Thetford Mines, Que. 01-31-81 Val D'Or QMJHL 72-64-79-143-74
Darcy Hordichuk 6-0 200 L Kamsack, Sask. 09-10-80 Saskatoon WHL 63-6-7-13-265
David Kaczowka 6-2 205 L Regina, Sask. 07-05-81 SeattleT WHL 63-3-3-6-211
Jules-Edy Laraque 5-8 180 L Sept-Ils, Quebec 08-23-80 Acadie Bat. QMJHL 43-13-20-33-39
Halifax QMJHL 28-8-9-17-6
Derek MacKenzie 5-11 169 L Sudbury, Ont. 06-11-81 Sudbury OHL 68-24-33-57-110
Carl Mallette 6-0 188 R Pointe-Clair, Que. 11-17-81 Victoriavi. QMJHL 69-49-76-125-97
Blake Robson 5-11 190 R Calgary, Alb. 03-31-82 Portland WHL 70-20-27-47-96
Ben Simon 5-11 180 L Shaker Heights, Ott. 06-14-78 Notre Dame CCHA 40-13-19-32-53 Read more»

Panther Training Camp Preview

by Mark Fischel
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2000-2001 Panther Training Camp Report

The upcoming 2000-2001 Panther season will be very reminiscent of the 98-99 season when rookies Mark Parrish, Oleg Kvasha, Jaroslav Spacek, and Peter Worrell all played meaningful roles on a rebuilding team. 98-99 was also a season that saw the arrival of Pavel Bure who became the first superstar on the Panthers, and quickly upgraded the skill level on the team. In the 99-00 season, there were fewer spots for rookies to play on, and the only notable rookie to play for most of the season was Ryan Johnson.
In the 2000 draft, Bryan Murray shocked the hockey world (especially Islander fans) by trading solid sophomores Parrish and Kvasha for #1 ranked prospect, Roberto Luongo and the once highly touted prospect, Olli Jokinen.
The offseason also saw the departures of forwards Cam Stewart, Ray Sheppard, goalies Mike Vernon and Mikhail Sthalenkov and the FA addition of Igor Larionov. All these roster moves have given the Panthers the potential to have 3 rookies competing for open roster spots, and the potential of some more trades might free up another 2-3 spots.

In this article, Hockey’s Future will hopefully shed some light on what could be some intense battles for some very deserving prospects. While the Panthers are no longer in a re-building mode, there is some drama that will unfold in the fight for those few coveted open roster spots on the Florida Panthers for the 2000-2001 season.

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Habs’ Prospects Camp (Week 2)

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Week 2 of the Prospect Camp began with the much anticipated return of Guy Carbonneau to the Canadiens’ family. Carbonneau, who expects it to take a couple of months to settle into his new position, looked quite comfortable on the ice. The prospects looked very anxious to be around him, almost colliding with one another in order to take passes from Carbonneau during warm-up.
Jason Ward and Eric Chouinard were on the ice nearly 45 minutes before the morning practice was scheduled to begin. Ward and Chouinard were joined by Roland Melanson. Melanson would feed the players the puck in front of the net. The passes would alternate between the backhand and forehand. Surprisingly, Ward seemed to be more comfortable than Chouinard, although Chouinard’s quick release and accuracy were prominent during the drill. Mathieu Garon also joined the drill, but that was just prior to the start of practice.
Canadiens’ assistant coach Clément Jodoin made his first on-ice appearance. He took over for André Savard, running most of the drills during practice. Savard was more of an observer, although he did contribute a few of his own drills.
Practice seemed to focus mainly on offensive and defensive triangles. Many of the drills were set up to be three on three’s . Jodoin was very specific as to how exactly the players were to cycle the puck. Carbonneau was a close observer during this section of the practice, occasionally offering some words of advice to the players. Read more»

All Quiet on the Rangers Front? Dessner Shines in Norway

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What is Glen Sather’s next move? With Edmonton`s signing of Todd Marchant, Sather is looking for that card up his sleeve, but does he have it in Stephane Quintal? At the end of the 1999-00 season many thought Quintal would have been gone for good by now, but he is still around. Odds are he may stay, or perhaps that is what Sather wants NHL GM’s to believe to increase his value. All eyes are now on defenseman and Hobey Baker winner Mike Mottau who did not sign a deal presented by Asst. GM Don Maloney last season that would have given him 20 AHL playoff games of experience. Mottau’s agent says that he has not even heard from Sather. All NHL people believe a deal will be done in time for camp, but with Sather being a sly as ever, will he give in Mottau? Or will Mottau give in to Sather?
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Dessner`s WCHA All-Stars Blast Norwegian Elite Teams

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The WCHA All Stars which included 7 NHL draftees, including New York Rangers University of Wisconsin product Jeff Dessner, toured Greater Oslo and Lillehammer and put a hurting on the Norwegian clubs by a combined score of 22-3.

The first game featured the WCHA team against Elite Series club Lillehammer. If not for the excellent goaltending of Swedish keeper Bengt Høglund, who made 39 Saves, the WCHA players may have scored 15. The US side played physical, upbeat hockey and dominated from the start, and won the game by a score of 5-0.

The second game came against Frisk-Asker, last years no. 3 team. Frisk scored first on a goal by Finn Mika Kannisto. The WCHA rallied with 7 straight.

Game Recap:

Frisk Tigers – WCHA All Stars 1-7 (1-0, 0-1, 0-6)
Friday 18. August 2000
1. period:
1-0 (11.36) Mika Kannisto (Lars Erik Lund, Tor Inge Meltveit).
2. periode:
1-1 (22.11) Mat Snesrud (Derek Derow).
3. periode:
1-2 (41.47) Björn Engström,
1-3 (42.55) Bryan Lundbohm (Jeff Panzer),
1-4 (43.26) Jesse Rooney (Mark Cullen, Jordan Leopold),
1-5 (44.22) Erik Westrum (Kelly Popadynetz),
1-6 (52.34) Paul Cabana (Jeff Panzer),
1-7 (53.06) Derek Derow (Andy Reierson).
Shots: 27-43 (8-15, 8-11, 11-17)
Penalties: Frisk Tigers 4×2 min, WCHA 5×2 min.
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