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.

 

Bruins: Don’t Fear The Reaper: Boston’s Kids Are All Right

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Despite the Boston Bruins’ lousy showing in 1999-2000, the organization has some bright young talent waiting in the wings. Boston’s regular season collapse was baffling, but when your top center and your best goal-scorer are both lost for the season, and your 1999 2nd-Team All-Star in net struggles mightily, this was all bound to happen. Add questionable coaching and the fact that the captain and future Hall-of-Famer Raymond Bourque was summarily dealt to Colorado 1 week prior to the trade deadline and a non-playoff finish was the end result. Before you sink too deep into the depths of despair, fear not. The state of the Boston Bruins is better than things appear, and the team is due to rebound next season. Here is a look at the Bruins’ top prospects according to the Hockey’s Future Bruins Staff…

1. Nick Boynton, D.

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Justin Papineau- Sign or Sign-Off

by Tony Calfo
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Justin Papineau, the crown jewel of the Kings farm system, is still unsigned and his future with the Kings may be in question. Papineau must be signed by the draft this season or he can re-enter and the Kings will receive absolutely nothing as compensation.

Papineau burst into the Kings prospect spotlight by having some huge years in Belleville. Papineau has also had a tremendous run in the playoffs last season, leading his team to the title and claiming the Wayne Gretzky Award. His 52 goals in 68 regular season games last season had the Kings front office salivating. Papineau showed the scoring touch that the Kings lacked since the departure of the Great One.

This season has not been what the Kings or Papineau hoped for. Papineau was injured at tryouts for the WJC’s, but it was obvious that he was not going to make the team. As the Kings top prospect, this was an ominous sign. Since then, Papineau has battled through injuries to post his worst career numbers- numbers that many players would call a career (40 goals, 36 assists in 60 games). Papineau has not scored in the playoffs to-date (he has only played one game), but a solid post season would make it tough to let him slip back into the draft.
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Kansas City Blades Team Stats

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL TEAM STATISTICS

Kansas City Blades
Player Team Gp G A PTS Pim Pp SH Gw

David Ling Kan 67 31 38 69 183 7 1 5
Dave Chyzowski Kan 69 36 29 65 112 13 0 9
Sean Haggerty Kan 64 23 33 56 61 3 1 3
Michal Pivonka Kan 49 16 31 47 34 3 2 3
Nick Naumenko Kan 50 9 27 36 73 7 0 1
Jason Cirone Kan 59 14 20 34 106 1 1 0
Dody Wood Kan 67 12 22 34 335 1 1 1
Steve Lingren Kan 68 10 20 30 44 1 0 1
Brendan Yarema Kan 49 11 16 27 128 2 1 1
Pat Ferschweiler Kan 70 6 20 26 54 0 0 0
David Vallieres Kan 60 14 11 25 53 3 0 1
Jon Rohloff Kan 44 5 18 23 38 0 1 1
Aris Brimanis Kan 46 5 17 22 28 4 0 0
Eric Perrin Kan 21 3 15 18 16 0 0 0
Shane Kenny Kan 15 2 6 8 16 0 0 1
Lon 11 1 2 3 19 0 0 0
Total 50 4 9 13 73 0 0 1
Joe Blaznek Kan 38 4 8 12 2 3 0 0
Grant Richison Kan 47 3 8 11 77 1 0 0
Jan Vodrazka Kan 66 2 8 10 280 0 0 0
Jamie Ling Kan 8 3 6 9 4 0 0 0
Ray Schultz Kan 53 2 5 7 162 0 0 0
Greg Bullock Kan 15 1 6 7 6 0 0 0
Forest Gore Kan 27 1 3 4 16 0 0 0
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Curtis Doell: Clawing his way to be a Panther

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When asked who has had the most influence in his career so far, Curtis replied, “I think that the biggest help that I have gotten is from my Junior Coach. I wasn’t expected to play my first year in juniors and everybody was asking him why he kept me here. He gave me a chance to play and he said just wait, he’ll prosper and be effective. He kept playing me and giving me that opportunity. He always helped by giving me extra things after practice. His name is Kevin Dickie and he is now coaching out in the Maritimes at Arcadia University. He’s probably been the biggest reason for my career going as far as it has actually. Coach Dickie helped me along the way to be a better person on and off the ice.”

Coach Dickie’s impression of Curtis: “I’ve coached some great kids over the last 13 years, but none greater than Curtis in terms of a pleasure to be around and an athlete. If there is one guy who’s got to where he is, both because he deserves it, and because he has scraped and clawed and worked so hard to be the player that he is, it is Curtis. He exemplifies a lot of the positive characteristics that you look for in a player. He’s a great kid and I’m real happy for him.”

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Swedish Elite League Playoffs

by Lasse Johansson
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The first Swedish playoffs of the new millenium has proven to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. One team – Djurgården, have already qualified for the final. The team that they are expected to face of against is Modo, home of the famous “Line 19″, with New York Islanders prospects Mattias Weinhandl joining the Sedin twins. The talk of the moment is the match-up between Modo and Brynäs in the second semi-final. These two teams met last year in the finals of the playoffs with Brynäs taking home the championship after winning the fifth and decisive game away from home after a marvellous feat by the young New York Rangers prospects Johan Holmqvist in goal.
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