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.

Devils Defense Gets Younger

by Andrew Clark
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With Sean O’Donnell signing with the Boston Bruins and Ken Sutton making the jump to play for Mike Milbury on the Island, the Devils defense will have a good mix of seasoned veterans with younger talent, with a bright future ahead.

Yes, yes, I know, …you are already laughing about how ridiculous this sounds and are about to go back to the Devils main page never to read another one of my articles. But before you head over to the message boards and start posting, continue reading and think about what I have to say for a while. Now, I have read several posts on various Devils message boards saying how the Devils defense is too old and there isn’t much left in the tank. I have also read other things like, Devils should have kept O’Donnell or tried to sign Erin Weinrich. I was particularly fond of the more sarcastic posts like maybe we should see what Paul Coffey is doing in the fall or maybe Robinson will get nostalgic and strap on the skates and throw on a sweater for old times’ sake.

Before you actually start ripping on the Devils’ Defense, lets look at the personnel who make up the core of blueliners. First, Scott Stevens, who turned 37 in April is the captain of the team and the unchallenged leader of the squad on and off the ice. He is and will be a presence in the NHL this coming year and years to follow. He played 81 games last year and expect him to play another 80 this year. Ken Daneyko is also 37 years young, but is in the prime of his career. He is skating better (but not faster), more confident with the puck and is very important on the p Read more»

Deadline to Sign Euro Draftees is Approaching

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The deadline to sign players drafted from Europe is Sunday night, July 15th, at midnight. If you do not come to terms with a European draftee by then, he will remain in Europe for the upcoming 2001/2002 season and play hockey over there.

The Rangers have a couple of players that fit this category, most notably this year’s 6th round pick in defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky is a 6’0 180 pound defenseman from the Czech Republic, who put up great numbers this season for HIFK of the Finnish Elite League. Zidlicky is 24 years old, and if he comes over to North America this season he could possibly make the team right out of training camp. His team in Finland, HIFK, is one of the only teams in Europe to play on an NHL sized rink. Having played a few seasons on an NHL sized rink, it shouldn’t take too long for Zidlicky to adapt to the NHL. Compared to his former teammate Brian Rafalski, Zidlicky is a physical force in the defensive end while also able to control a game offensively. He has great offensive abilities and a laser of a shot. A Finnish newspaper has been reporting that Marek is close to signing and the deal should be announced soon, so let’s hope that this is true.

Other European draftees such as Stefan Lundqvist, Sven Helfenstein, Tomi Kallarsson, Arto Laatikainen, Ilja Gorokhov and Henrik Lundqvist are unlikely candidates to be signed. Fedor Tyutin, Leonid Zhvachin and Juris Stals, who were all drafted this year, will come over to North America but they will all play in the OHL. Tyutin, drafted in the Read more»

Kings Goalie Prospect Matthew Yeats Interview

by Tony Calfo
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Maine goalie Matthew Yeats answered some questions for Kings’ Editor Tony Calfo-

HF- When do you hope or plan to break into the NHL?

MY- I don’t plan on making an arrival into the NHL for a couple of years. I have one year left of college eligibility which I plan on using this coming year and will graduate in May. From there it is up in the air. I would guess that I would play a couple of years with the farm team and work my way up from there.

HF- What do you think of the Kings’ organization?

MY- I think the Kings organization is great. The three previous summers I have attended the rookie camp that they host, two were in Thunder Bay and last year in Los Angeles. Everything was done with class and everyone makes sure that you are happy and doing your best all the time. The Kings would be a great team to play for.

HF- Do you follow the Kings or their system?

MY- I don’t keep too close to what is going on in the Kings system, but I do like to see what they are doing and how their goaltending situation is from time to time. If I see a paper lying around or if someone is reading the hockey news, I will go right to the kings section to see what is new.

HF- Do the Kings keep in touch with you?

MY- The Kings don’t really keep in touch. I usually talk to one of the scouts once or twice a year, checking in to see how I am doing and to tell me what they thought of when they saw me play. Most of the time it is positive.

HF- How do you compare with Alexey Volkov?

MY- It is tough for me to say how I compare Read more»

Jagr traded for prospects

by Richard A. Plisco
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The Pittsburgh Penguins shocked the media and fans, dealing scoring champ Jagr to frequent playoff matchup Washington Capitals. Many critics speculated that Jagr was headed for New York or Los Angeles this week. Pens GM Craig Patrick surprised all by moving Jagr to the Caps for three prospects and future considerations.

Frantisek Kucera was also included in the package as obvious salary relief. The little used defenseman was a late pickup last season and hardly saw the ice.

The Pens get in exchange three top 35 1999 draft picks from Washington :

1. Kris Beech 20 6’3″ 200lbs. C Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Scoring centerman.

2. Ross Lupaschuk 20 6’1″ 215lbs. D Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – Physical blueliner.

3. Michal Sivek 20 6’3″ 209lbs. C Sparta Praha (Czech Rep.) – Two-way center.

Future Considerations are expected to include cash.

Young Blueliners May Be a Strength of Flyers System

by Mike Castor
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Overall view of the Philadelphia Flyers defensive prospects

Although critics may say otherwise, the blueline is now one of the Flyers organizational strengths. The difference was the 2001 draft. I think the current draft yielded at least 3 rearguards that may make the NHL with in 4 years. Before the draft, I thought the Flyers had average defensive talent, but now they have seem to have above-average talent system-wide.

In the system, Philadelphia has plenty of big defensive blue liners. At the draft, they added more rearguards that can skate and handle the puck. Bruno St. Jacques will be probably the first one of the prospects to make the Flyers. A lot of that, however, depends on what the Flyers get in return for Eric Lindros. Flyer fans can rest assured that defense will soon not be a problem any longer. While most of the regulars on the Flyers blueline are getting up there in age, the kids in the system should be ready to step up and play well by the time the current veterans are gone.
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