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.

 

Brampton Battalion report

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Team opens sophomore season 3-0
September 24, 1999 – vs. Barrie Colts
The Battalion got their sophomore season off to a winning start with a 4-2 win over the highly regarded Barrie Colts at the Bunker.
While the Colts had several top players such as goaltender Brian Finley, defenceman Martin Skoula and forward Denis Shvidki, still at NHL training camps, they were still a formidable squad considered by many to be one of the top teams in the country.

The Battalion had certainly drawn a tough foe for their second season opener, but they seemed to pay little attention to that as they came out flying in the first period.

Kurt MacSweyn opened the scoring at 2:18 of the frame after rookie Chris Rowan fought off several defenders to get him the puck. Raffi Torres followed at 3:13 from Jeff Bateman and Scott Thompson and suddenly Brampton was up 2-0.

New Colts coach Bill Stewart called a timeout in an effort to regroup his troops and they seemed to respond, with Mike Christian notching their first marker at 6:29.
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Sabres Report: ’99 Training Camp Wrap-Up

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With the start of the Buffalo Sabres’ 1999-2000 season just hours away, it would probably be a good idea for this writer to tie up the loose ends left over from a mildly interesting training camp. Some new faces will be with the club to start the season, due mostly to the fact that four players are still holding out, but the 99-00 edition of the Sabres will still be pretty much the same team that made it to the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

Sabres “Improve” On Last Year’s Pre-Season Effort

Okay, maybe improve is stretching things a bit, since the Sabres finished the exhibition slate with a 2-4-1 record. The Sabres coaching staff appeared to adopt the “Marv Levy Approach” to pre-season games, which means they used veterans sparingly while taking a long look at several younger players. While this approach virtually guarantees a losing pre-season record, it also gives the coaches a good idea of where their younger players are at in their development. Players such as Maxim Afinogenov, Cory Sarich, Brian Campbell and Domenic Pittis received plenty of playing time throughout the exhibition schedule, with some of those players making good use of the opportunity, and others making it clear they are in need of more playing time in the minors.
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Finley Emerges As Future Star

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Despite an impending demotion back to junior hockey, Brian Finley has clearly established himself as a top flight prospect this week. After an impressive training camp which put him in serious contention for the backup goaltending job in Nashville, Finley was signed to a three-year contract on Wednesday. The contract has a potential value of over $9 million, but most of the money is tied to performance bonuses at the NHL level. The deal will pay Finley a base salary of $525,000 in each of his first two years, with a healthy increase to $1.025 million for the third year. The bonuses are based on statistics and earning votes for NHL awards, such as the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Since Finley will likely spend the entire 1999-2000 season in the OHL, he will not have an opportunity to earn those bonuses. And unless he can make the team and get significant playing time at some point during the next two years, it is unlikely that he will collect on them at all.

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OHL Newsroom

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Welcome to the ALL NEW Newsroom here at Hockey’s Future. Below is a list of teams, with all the corresponding newspapers listed after the team name.

Barrie Colts

Barrie Advance
SLAM! Hockey

Belleville Bulls

SLAM! Hockey

Brampton Battalion

SLAM! Hockey
Brampton Life

Erie Otters

GoErie.com
SLAM! Hockey

Guelph Storm

SLAM! Hockey

Kingston Frontenacs

Kingston Whig-Standard
SLAM! Hockey

Kitchener Rangers

Kitchener Waterloo Record
SLAM! Hockey

London Knights

London Free Press
SLAM! Hockey

Mississauga IceDogs

Mississauga News
SLAM! Hockey

North Bay Centennials

SLAM! Hockey

Oshawa Generals

Durham Post
SLAM! Hockey

Ottawa 67′s

Ottawa Citizen
SLAM! Hockey

Owen Sound Platers

Owen Sound Sun Times
SLAM! Hockey

Peterborough Petes

SLAM! Hockey

Plymouth Whalers

SLAM! Hockey

Sarnia Sting

SLAM! Hockey

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

The Sault Star Online
SLAM! Hockey

Toronto St. Michaels Majors

SLAM! Hockey

Sudbury Wolves

Sudbury Star
SLAM! Hockey

Windsor Spitfires

Windsor Star
SLAM! Hockey

Kärpät beats FPS 11-0 (4-0, 3-0. 4-0)

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It was clear before the game that Kärpät will win, but not many people
believed it would be with such a big score. Kärpät has now scored 26 goals
in 3 games, has shut-outed opponent in both home-games, and still they
aren’t leading, because of harmful 6-6 tie with Diskos last week. In
scoring, there are 6 Kärppä players in best 7. (Martin Bergeron 4+4=8,
Vjateslav Fandul 3+4=7, Miikka Rousu 3+3=6, Sakari Palsola 3+3=6, Kimmo
Salminen 2+4=6 and Juha Joenväärä 1+5=6)
Today there was only one team on ice. Kärpät was better in everything, FPS
had given up before the game had started, and they were just standing and
waiting for game to end. FPS didn’t have a single good scoring chance. It
seemed that all Kärppä-players were playing great, but maybe it is because
of weak opponent, who were always at least two steps behind. Kärpät
dominated the game completely, shot 46 times, FPS had only 14 shots. Kärpät
should make the first pass in own zone a little faster, so they could move
to offense more quickly.

1st period:

Kärpät had good scoring chances, but the game was played over 8 minutes,
until the red light turned on for the first time. The goal was scored by
Miikka Rousu, who went around FPS-defenseman, and shot to top-corner. Soon
Kärpät got 2-man advantage, and Juha Joenväärä put the rebound in, 2-0. Read more»