Tyler McNeely

Hometown:

Burnaby British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-04-08

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: McNeely appeared in 34 games for Northeastern as a sophomore – missing seven games late in the season with a sprained ankle. He scored 8 goals with 12 assists and was +10 with 71 PMs. Northeastern finished second in Hockey East during the regular season – the school's first winning season since 2001-02 – and faced Cornell in an NCAA regional semifinal.

2009-10: McNeely was a team captain and skated in 33 of 34 games as a junior at Northeastern. He was the third-leading scorer for the Huskies, who finished ninth in Hockey East and missed the league playoffs. He scored 12 goals, including 6 power play goals, with 16 assists and was -3 with 42 PMs.

2010-11: McNeely made his professional debut on an amateur tryout with Bridgeport (AHL) following his senior season at Northeastern and impressed Islanders brass enough to earn a free agent contract. In ten games for the last-place Sound Tigers he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was +9 with 4 PMs. McNeely was the second-leading scorer for Northeastern during his senior season as the Huskies finished a disappointing sixth in Hockey East. McNeely skated in all 38 games for the Huskies and had 13 goals with 21 assists and was +9 with 52 PMs. McNeely scored five times on the power play for the Huskies.

Talent Analysis

McNeely has average size and was not a highly sought after college free agent. He has very good hands and tremendous finishing ability. He can fill in wherever he is needed and is very solid on the penalty kill.

Future

McNeely is long shot to make the Islanders, but could fill in as a solid bottom-six forward with the Islanders when needed.

Jakub Lev – The lion in the net

by Robert Neuhauser
on
During the communistic regime the Czech city of Kladno was known for two things. High-quality
steel and developing of top prospects. Now twelve years after the fall of the
iron curtain only the quality prospects are remaining. Just remember the names of Jaromir Jagr
or Patrik Elias, both risen in Kladno, or these days Montreal Canadiens draftee Tomas Plekanec.
But forget all the forwards. This will be a story of a goaltending
prospect.

Jakub Lev was also born in Kladno, the city of steel. At first it didn’t look like he was heading
for a hockey career. He didn’t have his dad or relatives playing or coaching hockey and didn’t
make his first strides as soon as he could make first normal steps. Jakub only liked the
game but that was enough for him. He is a proof that advertising is highly important. Even
if it is advertising of a sport, in this case hockey. Hockey coaches of the youngest grades
sometimes attend kindergartens or the lowest grades of elementary schools to look for guys
eager to play hockey. And now those two sides met. Jakub Lev, willing to play hockey, and
a coach looking for little players. Jakub’s career had a green light.

From the very first moment he fell in love with pads, glove and blocker. Players often try
all three positions in the youngest grades before they finally see what position suits them
best. Take for example Roberto Luongo. But not Jakub Lev. The player nicknamed “Lefa” positioned
himself between the pipes and started stopping the pucks. It was soon evident that he does
it with exceptional poise and talent. Jakub L Read more»

Yanick Lehoux- The Forgotten Prospect

by Tony Calfo
on

Yanick Lehoux is a high scoring Kings prospect, currently playing for Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. Lehoux is averaging nearly two points a game. In 55 games he has 48 goals, 61 assists (109 points) and has an amazing 13 short handed goals. These numbers have gotten Lehoux a snub from the Canadian World Junior Championship team, and is generally regarded as the Kings’ 4th to 5th best prospect. How could this happen during a career year?

Lehoux is listed at 6’0, 190 lbs.. Most who have seen him in person would regard this as a reach. Add this rumored lack of size to his absence from the WJC squad and one name comes to King’s fans minds:

Pavel Rosa

While Lehoux numbers are breathtaking, they are not new to the Kings’ system. Rosa had 63 goals in 68 games in the Q, and scored 153 points. Numbers that had the Kings foaming at the mouth. Those stats have brought the Kings whopping four NHL goals so far, and Rosa is playing in Europe. Another prospect that boasted lofty numbers was Justin Papineau. The Kings elected not to sign him and he recently played in the AHL All-Star Game as a member of the St. Louis Blues organization. Papineau was in the nearly identical situation that Lehoux is currently in, and his development may turn out to be egg on the Kings’ faces.

Another problem for Lehoux has been the emergence of the Kings’ system. Years ago, the Kings would have been touting Lehoux as the next coming, just as they did with Rosa and Papineau. Now, fresh off the WJC’s, the Kings have top prospects like Alexander Frolov and Jared Aulin Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow Now Updated

by Jake Dole
on

Featuring the profiles of the top 2003, 2003 and 2005-eligible prospects, “Beyond Tomorrow” has been slightly revised and enlarged.

Keep an eye on the following additions:

1) 8 new profiles are now part of the preview, hence the list is close to 30 names.

2) Statistics have been updated for most of the players and reformatted in a simple tabular format.

3) New photographs have also been added to the feature.

Special thanks to Oliver Janz for providing his profile of the German prospect Patrick Koslow. Kudos to Glen Crichton for interviewing the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ Assistant GM Randy Maxwell for his thoughts on Brent Seabrook.

For comments and questions regarding “Beyond Tomorrow”, feel free to comment below.

Remember, if you feel that I have left out an important name from the preview, I would be more than happy to receive your suggestions via e-mail. Hopefully, the list will expand with time.

Best Regards,

Jake Dole
Editor
www.hockeysfuture.com

Click here to view “Beyond Tomorrow”.

Waterloo looking to play role of spoiler and look ahead to 2002-3

by pbadmin
on

Let’s face it, 2001-2002 has not been the year for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Has the season been a total disappointment? No. Could the team have done better? Maybe if they had made the moves they did in January earlier in the season. But nonetheless the trades the Black Hawks made were good moves. Early in the season Waterloo dumped two of last years top players in Ryan Langenbrunner and Dan Krmpotich due to lack of production. In return the Black Hawks got Patrick Knutson from Lincoln and Nate Hansen from Rochester. Waterloo then quickly turned around and dumped Hansen to Des Moines along with another brief addition, Keith Boyer in return for Ross Carlson and Andy Nelson. That trade has turned the season around for Waterloo. No, they won’t make the playoffs but they have regained the respect of the league and the hope of the fans that this team once again has a future.

Not all the moves turned out to be good. Both trades with the Lincoln Stars turned sour. Each for different reasons. Patrick Knutson ended up leaving the team due to lack of playing time. It was obvious he wasn’t happy with the situation in Waterloo and decided to go elsewhere. Waterloo traded a high draft pick to Lincoln in return for the services of Beau Fritz. While Fritz was here he was sporadic but decent in replacing Josh Siembida. Perhaps one of the best goalies ever to play in the USHL on one of the worst teams. Fritz left after 11 games due to concern that he may lose years of NCAA eligibility if he played past his 21st birthday.

But back to Carlson and Nelson Read more»

Islander Prospect Update

by Bill Bennett
on

Islander Prospects Bridgeport:

Trent Hunter RW 54 gp, 19 g, 22 a, 41 pts, +12, 22 pim, 7 ppg, 156 shots.

Ray Giroux D 53 gp, 11 g, 30 a, 41 pts, + 11, 57 pim,
5 ppg, 156 shots.

Jason Krog C 38 gp, 17 g, 21 a, 38 pts, -13, 6 pim,
9 ppg, 130 shots.

Jurak Kolnik RW 41 gp, 9 g, 17 a, 26 pts, -8, 36 pim,
1 ppg, 113 shots.

Ben Guite C 54 gp, 9 g, 15 a, 24 pts, + 11, 33 pim,
1 shg, 60 shots.

Justin Mapletoft C 54 g, 8 g, 15 a, 23 pts, + 13, 35 pim, 2 ppg, 112 shots.

Raffi Torres LW 34 gp, 12 g, 7 a, 19 pts, -1, 27 pim,
5 ppg, 81 shots.

Evgeny Korolev D 41 gp, 5 g, 7 a, 12 pts, -3, 22 pim, 1 ppg, 1 shg, 72 shots.

Branislav Mezei D 46 gp, 1 g, 7 a, 8 pts, + 9, 96 pim, 46 shots.

Ray Schultz D 43 gp, 0 g, 7 a, 7 pts, + 3, 150 pim.

Rick DiPietro 39 gp, 17 w, 16 L, 6 tie, 2 so, 2.52 gaa, 9.06 spct.

Stephen Valiquette 14 gp, 5 w, 6 L, 1 tie, 1 so, 3.04 gaa, 9.06 spct.

Trenton ECHL:

Marco Charpentier RW 37 gp, 14 g, 15 a, 29 pts, + 13, 23 pim, 2 ppg, 87 shots.

Graham Belak LW 50 gp, 5 g, 6 a, 11 pts, -6, 227 pim, 4 ppg, 35 shots

David St.Germain G 20 gp, 9 w, 4 L, 0-6 shootout, 2.73 gaa, 9.01 spct.

College Prospects:

Bryan Perez, Michigan Tech LW 32 gp, 6 g, 10 a, 16 pts, 20 pim, 2 ppg

Brian Collins, Boston Uni C 30 gp, 8 g, 6 a, 14 pts, -5, 20 pim, 77 shots.

Junior Prospects:

Cory Stillman, Kingston OHL, 37 gp, 10 g, 21 a, 31 pts, + 4 r Read more»

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