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.

Sleepers: Tracking The Progress Of The Rangers’ 1st Round Picks

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When you’re in New York, the pressure is always on. New York sports fans demand a winner, and they will usually accept nothing less. The New York Rangers
are no exception. Despite having some of the most loyal fans in the NHL, the Rangers also have some of the most scrutinizing fans, and they are not shy about
voicing their displeasure over the team’s performance. The fact that New York City is the media capital of North America doesn’t make it any easier. The pressure
to win places the general manager in a tough decision when it comes to developing talent. Can the team afford a few off-years in a row, but be able to develop
players through the minors and the draft? Or do they use those draft picks and prospects to get established players that allow them to compete for the Stanley Cup?
In the 1990′s Rangers’ GM Neil Smith has employed the latter strategy, and it has resulted in the Rangers’ first Stanley Cup in 54 years, in 1994. Sometimes the
strategy has worked, like when the Rangers traded Doug Weight and Tony Amonte for Esa Tikkanen, Stephane Matteau, and Brian Noonan, respectively. These
three players were integral parts of the Rangers ’94 championship teams. Other times the strategy has failed miserably, like when the Rangers traded young
defenseman Mattias Norstrom and a draft pick for Jari Kurri and Marty McSorley. Both players were ineffective in the playoffs, and were not on the team the
following season. Read more»

World Junior Hockey Championship Preview: Team Canada

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Looking at team Canada this year one thing comes to mind: inexperience. Of the 31 players invited to camp, which begins on December 12, only two of those are returning players. Jesse Wallin and Cory Sarich, both defensemen in the Western Hockey League are the two returnee’s that will help Team Canada go for their 6th stright gold this Christmas. Usually there are five or six returning players, which only two this poses a small problem for Head Coach Real Paiement. He is please with the talent invited to camp, and feels that there will be no problem.

Team Canada looks at the Ontario Hockey League for talent and players this year with 11 players from the OHL including Daniel Tkaczuk of the Barrie Colts, Sean Blanchard of the Ottawa 67′s and Scott Barney of the Peterborough Petes. Richard Jackman of the Soo Greyhounds was not invited to the camp in Kitchener due to a curfew violation. For goaltending Canada once again looks at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with it’s repuation for churning out great french-Canadian goalies. Most will be looking forward to seeing Vincent Lecavalier, the top ranked prospect, in action. On December 17, the roster will be trimmed down to 2 goalies, 7 defensemen, and 17 forwards and the team will head to Sweden for a six-day pre-competition camp.
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Inside the Eyes of a scout

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Throughout this season, we will be running a special series of articles taking a look at the world of scouting. It will focus primarily on the player evaluation/development side of scouting, particularly as it relates to draft-eligible prospects. We hope this will offer a bit of insight into an inexact science. Our first installment will cover some of the basics behind scouting and some of the issues that a scout must deal with.

The easiest place to start is from the beginning. The first thing a scout has to do is ask himself “What is my objective?” And when it comes to evaluating players for the NHL draft, the objective is pretty clear: try to project where the 17 and 18 year old prospects are going to be in say five years. Just which players from this years draft class will be the best in 2003. Easier said than done. At this point, scouting becomes a game of projection.

Very simply, how is a player going to perform if and when he gets to the next level? How much upside potential does he possess? How much will he improve? Will he be capable of making plays at the NHL level the way he does at the junior level? Scouting, at least as it pertains to the draft, has less to do with evaluating a players current performance as it does with projecting a players future performance.

Another aspect to consider is that success at one level certainly does not guarantee it at the next. A junior age player may be great in his own age group or in his own league, but one flaw in his game could prove fatal to his NHL chances.
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Second Shot

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After a disappointing training camp, 20-year-old Craig Millar was sent back down to the AHL to work on his consistency and NHL game. But after the Oilers less than mediocre start, he was called back up for a six-game road trip, as management attempted to fire up the team by mixing up the roster. Smart move by ole Slats. The former Sabres draft pick has finally gotten his chance to shine after years of hard work and bumps in the road.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native first caught the eyes of scouts as a 16-year-old playing in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. Millar was drafted 225th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1994, causing a future in the NHL to look doubtful. However, Millar was not discouraged and his strong character came into play as he became determined to go on to the next level. Craig put together an All-Star season in ‘95/96 when he was second in scoring for Swift Current at 72-31-46-77-151, remarkable considering that he’s a defenseman. He then moved one step closer to the big time when he was called up to Rochester of the AHL for the ‘96/97 season.
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Isles Promote 4 Prospects

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Today the New York Islanders have decided to promote 4 of their biggest prospects, Jason Holland (d), Steve Webb (rw), Vladamir Orszagh (lw) , and Zdeno Chara (d). They will replace the injured Dennis Vaske, Ken Bellanger, Bryan Berard, and Rich Pilon. Holland and Webb were called up Friday for Saturday’s game against the Panthers. Holland played, Webb was a healthy scratch. After a strong game by Holland, the team demoted him and Webb back to Kentucky (AHL). They played for Kentucky against the Phantoms and then were recalled today along with raw rookies Zdeno Chara also from Kentucky and Vladamir Orszagh from Utah (IHL). Chara will become the leagues tallest player at 6’9″ with an appearance tonight.