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.

A Closer Look At Mike Mottau

by Brandon LeBourveau
on
Contract problems kept 22 year old Boston College graduate Mike Mottau
out of camp for the first few weeks, but since coming to camp on a tryout
agreement last week, Mottau has made a huge splash in only 2 games.

Although I did not get to see Mottau’s first preseason game, a 2-1 loss
to the Dallas Stars, I heard Mike played excellent in that game…even better
than in last night’s 8-2 loss against the Devils. If if Mottau played better
than he did last night in Dallas, I can’t wait to see what the future holds
for this potential Brian Leetch clone. Although Mottau is only 6’0 192, he
plays like he’s 5 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier. He is a great open ice
checker, and reminds me of Mike Peca a little bit. His offensive talent is
probably the best part of his game, as he impressed me on the power play last
night. He made quick tape to tape passes in the offensive zone, and read the
play very well. He knew where to be at every moment, and even snuck behind
the New Jersey defense and was alone in front of the crease, but the Rangers
were unable to feed him the puck, or he would have had an easy tap in. One of
the most surprising things from that game was that he wasn’t on the ice for
any of the 8 goals against. And this isn’t saying much since practically the
whole team played poorly, but Mottau was clearly the best player on the ice
for the Rangers, with the possible exception of sophomore Michael York, who I Read more»

Leopold Gets the Boot in Duck Land

by Martin Dittman
on
The Ducks have traded University of Minnesota defenseman Jordan Leopold to Calgary. They got Andrei Nazarov and a ghost of the future in a draft choice. But they gave up a sure-fire NHLer. Arguably, one of the best d-man in all of college hockey.

It’s very easy to defend this trade. The Ducks received “The Most Dangerous Man in Hockey.” Andrei Nazarov brings a player for today into the fold. He’ll be right there joining Jim Cummins as a tag team of sorts. He can fight well not to mention be one of the most brutal players the NHL has ever seen. Just ask his victims. But is he a defenseman that will be around as a potential anchor? Hardly. In fact, he’s your basic role player whom the Ducks love to have a surplus of.

The theory that Nazarov will protect Selanne and Kariya is a good one. But he may not bring enough else to the game. Of course, the Ducks received a second round draft choice as well. It can’t be forgotten that Leopold was a second round draft choice himself. This way, the claim is the Ducks at least made the trade even if not the better end of the deal. It makes no difference if another Nik Tsulygin is chosen with that choice.

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News from the Rock

by Randy Nicholson
on

Maple Leafs remain unbeaten in preseason.

The St. John’s Maple Leafs improved their record to 2-0-0 in the preseason with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday. Bobby House (2G,A) and rookie, Alexei Ponikarovsky (G,2A), led the club with 3 points each. Other goal scorers for St. John’s were David Cooper and Chad Allan. Jason Sessa had a pair of assists in the win. Mike Minard played the entire game for St. John’s, stopping 27 of the 31 shots he faced. The Maple Leafs led 3-2 after the first period and held a 4-2 lead after two periods. St. John’s also outshot Hamilton 44-31. Referee, Mike Hasenfrantz, handed out 112 minutes in penalties, including 57PIM to the Maple Leafs and 55PIM to the Bulldogs. Overall St. John’s was 2 for 13 with the man advantage, while Hamilton went 4 for 14.

* St. John’s outshot Hamilton 18-4 in the second period of Friday’s game.

* Bobby House and Alexei Ponikarovsky lead the club in preseason scoring with 3 points each.

* David Cooper has scored in both preseason games for St. John’s.

* There were 3 fights in the Hamilton contest, including 2 involving Jacques Lariviere.

* Lance Galbraith leads the team in penalty minutes with 14.

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Making a case for the Rebellion

by Jeff Bromley
on
The rivalry is dead, long live the rivalry.
Two different games, two different
cities, two entirely different results. The
Kootenay ICE opened the 2000-01
WHL season in Calgary and Red Deer
this past weekend and on the surface,
things are definitely not as they seem.
The season opener in Calgary was a
textbook display of the offensive
powerhouse the Kootenay ICE could be
this season. Perhaps lending credence to
the pundits, polls and prognosticators
that have the ICE pegged to be the
number one club in the WHL this
season. The result? A 7-2 dismantling
of the Calgary Hitmen. In the tilt the
next afternoon against the Red Deer
Rebels in the Central Alberta city,
someone obviously forgot to inform the
Rebels on the ICE’ coronation as
preordained favorites. Lending further
belief that perhaps preseason predictions
and prognostications are better left to
astrologists and fortune tellers, the
Rebels served notice that they will be a
force to be reckoned within the WHL’s
Central division this year with a 4-3
decision over the Kootenay ICE.
The Hitmen however, was not exactly a
replica of the powerhouse club that has
been evident in the last few seasons as
the line-up was devoid of WHL
experience as six major contributors to
the Hitmen powerhouse of the last few
seasons were still away at NHL camps.
Missing in action were Matt Kinch,
Pavel Brendl, Sean McAslan (injured), Read more»

OHL Preseason Top 15

by Bob Chery
on
The OHL is off and running for the 2000-01 season, and as usual
I will be monitoring the progress of the players eligible for
the
2001 NHL Draft. This years crop already has one very high-
profile name, a few prospects that went straight to National
Junior Camps and by-passed younger National Teams, and as a
whole seems to have more depth when compared to the 2000
draft-class. Here’s a pre-season look at the Top 15 Prospects,
as
well as some other names to keep an eye on.

1. JASON SPEZZA C – Mississauga : No surprise here. As the
season progresses knocks against his skating will be heard. He
won’t get many breakaways but make no mistake about it, once
in the offensive zone he is a goal-producing machine with a
special talent level.

2. STEPHEN WEISS C – Plymouth : There may be some
perceptions that perhaps Weiss benefited from playing with top
notch line mates such as Tomas Kurka, but if anything it was the
other way around. A creative, highly skilled center with good
wheels, puck-handling ability, and vision.

3. MARK POPOVIC D – St. Michaels : The new captain of the
Majors, Popovic put up an impressive 40 points last year and
would be close to a point-per-game this year if his supporting
cast was better. He is improving his play in his own end of the
rink, and it remains the one area needing continual improvement.
Offensively he has all the tools.
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