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.

 

2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 2 of 2)

by pbadmin
on

Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.


DAN GROWDEN

Height/Weight: 6’0 180

Position: Defence

Birthdate: February 9, 1982
Peterborough, Ontario

Current stats: 6 points in 52 games in Windsor

  • 42 points in 51 games with Peterborough Bantams

    HF Comments: Dan Growden represents speed in the 2000 draft. This offensive minded defenceman was
    selected by Windsor 5th overall in 1998 and is yet to prove himself. He logs an incredible
    amount of playing time and slowly he is becoming more comfortable in the league. His defensive
    game is very poor and his inability to clear corners and in front of the net has left the Spits
    picking the puck out of the back of the net. He loves to jump into the rush and in some
    occasions is used up front on the penalty kill. A willing learner who is gradually learning
    the defensive game in the OHL. His major strength by far is his mobility and his ability to clear
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  • Black Hawks and Huskies haze playoff picture

    by pbadmin
    on

    Wins by Waterloo and North Iowa keep teams 6-9 separated by just 4 points
    The Waterloo Black Hawks and North Iowa Huskies, who are both fighting for their playoff lives managed to take a pair of games each from teams they are battling for the remaining playoff births in the USHL. Waterloo took a pair of 2-1 wins from Thunder Bay north of the border on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Black Hawks played a pair of tight defensive games headlined by goaltender Mike Walsh, who made 61 of 63 saves over the weekend to earn the league’s defensive player of the week. The losses could spell big trouble for the Flyers who have only 4 games remaining, 2 against USA (18 & Under), 2 with Omaha, and have a combined 0-2-2 record against those 2 teams so far this season. Thunder Bay is leading 9th place Rochester by just 4 points, while the Mustangs have 4 games in hand.

    North Iowa bounced back from an 11-0 loss on Wednesday to the red hot Des Moines Buccaneers, and swept a home and home series with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Huskies won a 4-1 decision on Saturday in Mason City, IA with goals from Josh Schlipp(2), Effren Larranago, and Marty Goulet. They then capped the weekend by traveling to Dubuque and blanking the Saints 2-0. Jason Gregoire got the Shutout on Sunday stopping all 23 of Dubuque’s shots on goal.
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    Steve won’t get Passed by Anymore

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    on

    When Steve Passmore, the native of Thunder Bay Ontario, was drafted he was considered a longshot prospect at the time. He was selected in the ninth round by the Quebec Nordiques, 196th overall, in the 1992 entry draft. His size and lack of technique had been his downfall throughut his junior career. Despite his lack of size and technique, however, Passmore played spectacular and was named a first team All-Star in the WHL the next two seasons (1992-93, 1993-94). In the 1993-94 campaign he led his Kamloops Blazers team to the Memorial Cup. Before ever playing in an NHL game Passmore was involved in a trade deadline deal on March 21st, 1994 which saw Brad Werenka go to Quebec from Edmonton. Passmore was now Edmonton Oiler property, but still the consensus was he would need grooming in the AHL.
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    2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 1 of 2)

    by pbadmin
    on

    Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
    than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
    represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
    along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
    looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.


    BRAD BOYES


    Height/Weight: 6’0 168

    Position: Center

    Birthdate: April 17, 1982
    Mississauga, Ontario

    Current stats: 54 points in 51 games in Erie

  • Member of Ontario U-17 team
  • Had 77 points in 44 games with Mississauga Bantams

    HF Comments: Erie Otter’s young sniper Brad Boyes is currently having a fantastic season with the
    Otters as a 16 year old, and has also earned himself a spot on Ontario’s Under 17 team. His
    excellent vision and ability to make a play out of anything has made him one of the most
    dangerous players in the OHL in the offensive zone. Sounds too good to be true? Boyes has some
    weaknesses simply because of his inexperience. His skating will need to improve in order for him
    to dominate on both ends of the ice. The native of Mississauga has already been mentioned as a
    ‘magician with the puck.’


    NIKITA ALEXEEV

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  • The AJHL 2000 Draft Center

    by Marc Ciampa
    on

    Players eligible for the 2000 Draft currently in the AJHL:


    PLAYER TEAM D.O.B. HT. WT. POS. S GP G A PTS PIM
    MATTHEW HUNTER Bonnyville 08-Feb-82 5'10" 160 F L 48 12 14 26 25

    Just now coming into form. Was a large reason why Bonnyville surged to
    make the playoffs in the last month of the season. Had several multiple
    goal and multiple point games over the final few weeks of the year. Not
    property of any WHL club and may have to go the Dany Heatly/Krys Kolanos
    route. That is, continue on in the AJHL and hope you get noticed by the
    scouts. (Heatly and Kolanos are rated 103 and 105 respectively in the
    ’99 draft).


    ALTON JACKSON Bonnyville 05-Aug-82 6' 1" 192 D R 40 5 14 19 64

    Property of Medicine Hat Tigers. Ninth round selection in the Bantam
    Draft, but may turn out to be a steal. He put up a fair number of points
    this year with the Pontiacs given his age and limited ice time. If he
    can grow another couple inches I see him making an impact in the future.
    Could be a late round steal in the 2000 Draft.


    ADRIAN FOSTER Calgary C 15-Jan-82 6' 1" 200 C L 18 15 17 32 18

    Property of the Saskatoon Blades. Did not play often for the Canucks but
    put up huge numbers when he did. He’ll need to have a big season next Read more»