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James Neal

27-Year-Old Right Wing – Nashville Predators

2013-14 NHL Stats

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27

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34

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PIM

55

2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

After scoring 88 goals and 178 points with Pittsburgh over the past three seasons, Neal effectively becomes the Predators’ top offensive option this season under new head coach Peter Laviolette. Neal has four years remaining on the six-year, $30 million contract he originall...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 208   DOB: 9/3/1987   BORN: Whitby, Ontario   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #33 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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James Neal Contract Information:

Signed a six-year, $30 million contract to remain in Pittsburgh through the 2017-18 season, in February of 2012.

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James Neal NHL Stats
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  Overall Power Play Defense
Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2008-09 21 77 24 13 37 -11 51 171 14.0 2 0 15:52 9 1 10 2:13 194 27
2009-10 22 78 27 28 55 -5 64 200 13.5 4 1 18:12 2 8 10 2:45 174 32
2010-11 23 NHL DAL 59 21 18 39 8 60 160 13.1 3 0 17:42 5 3 8 2:26 120 22
2010-11 23 NHL PIT 20 1 5 6 -1 6 52 1.9 0 0 16:54 0 2 2 4:39 39 4
2011-12 24 NHL PIT 80 40 41 81 6 87 329 12.2 4 0 19:08 18 12 30 4:09 108 15
2012-13 25 NHL PIT 40 21 15 36 5 26 136 15.4 6 0 17:28 9 7 16 5:12 56 17
2013-14 26 NHL PIT 59 27 34 61 15 55 238 11.3 4 0 18:27 11 15 26 4:31 58 23
2014-15 Proj 27 NHL NSH 76 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for James Neal

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Time On Ice Stats

18:27

Average Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, James Neal was on the ice for 18:27.

4:31

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, James Neal was on the ice for 4:31 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2011-12 19:08 4:09
2012-13 17:28 5:12
2013-14 18:27 4:31

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James Neal 2013-14 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Apr 13 at MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 19:05 4:35
Apr 12 CHI 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 0 9 11.1 3 0 22:49 5:49
Apr 10 PHO Did Not Play
Apr 8 at DAL Did Not Play
Apr 5 at SJ 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 16:48 2:50
Apr 4 at ANH Did Not Play
Mar 30 WAS 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 15:40 2:13
Mar 28 at DAL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 17:20 4:55
Mar 27 BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 2 20:32 8:36
Mar 25 COL 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 6 0.0 0 1 20:33 1:23
Mar 23 at CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 21:39 6:48
Mar 21 at CGY Did Not Play
Mar 19 at VAN Did Not Play
Mar 18 at EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 17:06 4:33
Mar 15 STL Did Not Play
Mar 14 at CHI Did Not Play
Mar 11 at BUF 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 14:53 1:54
Mar 10 at OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 16:09 2:44
Mar 8 CLS Did Not Play
Mar 6 STL 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 1 20:31 4:05
Mar 4 PIT 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 18:15 6:00
Mar 1 WPG 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 14.3 3 0 23:27 8:32
Feb 27 TB 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 22:24 6:59
Feb 8 ANH Did Not Play
Feb 6 at MIN Did Not Play
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Feb 1 at STL 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 21:25 3:25
Jan 31 NJ Did Not Play
Jan 28 at WPG Did Not Play
Jan 26 at EDM Did Not Play
Jan 24 at CGY Did Not Play
Jan 23 at VAN 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 1 1 18:54 2:26
Jan 20 DAL 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 1 0 18:31 4:01
Jan 18 COL Did Not Play
Jan 16 at PHI Did Not Play
Jan 14 CGY Did Not Play
Jan 12 MIN Did Not Play
Jan 11 OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 17:16 3:29
Jan 9 ANH Did Not Play
Jan 7 SJ 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 2 0 23:21 3:13
Jan 5 at CAR 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 7 28.6 1 0 19:09 2:51
Jan 4 at FLA Did Not Play
Jan 2 at BOS Did Not Play
Dec 30 DET Did Not Play
Dec 28 LA Did Not Play
Dec 27 at DAL 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 1 0 20:31 1:15
Dec 23 BOS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 1 0 22:20 8:07
Dec 21 MON 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 16:57 2:41
Dec 19 at TB 0 1 1 0 7 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 1 14:43 3:57
Dec 17 CHI Did Not Play
Dec 14 SJ Did Not Play
Dec 12 DAL Did Not Play
Dec 10 at NYR Did Not Play
Dec 7 at WAS 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0 0 5 20.0 1 0 18:11 7:16
Dec 5 CAR 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 4 0.0 2 1 15:53 1:24
Dec 3 VAN 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 8 12.5 1 1 25:02 6:21
Nov 30 PHI 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 0 0 14:41 0:34
Nov 28 EDM Did Not Play
Nov 27 at CLS 1 1 2 -2 2 1 1 0 10 10.0 0 2 22:01 4:17
Nov 25 PHO 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 40.0 1 1 20:46 1:10
Nov 23 NYR 2 0 2 -1 2 1 0 0 7 28.6 3 0 19:01 4:24
Nov 21 at TOR Did Not Play
Nov 19 at DET Did Not Play
Nov 16 CHI 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 17:05 6:15
Nov 15 at PIT 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 16:05 4:34
Nov 12 at NYI Did Not Play
Nov 10 at NJ Did Not Play
Nov 8 at WPG Did Not Play
Nov 6 at COL Did Not Play
Nov 2 at LA Did Not Play
Oct 31 at PHO Did Not Play
Oct 26 STL Did Not Play
Oct 24 WPG Did Not Play
Oct 22 at MIN Did Not Play
Oct 20 at WPG Did Not Play
Oct 19 at MON Did Not Play
Oct 17 LA Did Not Play
Oct 15 FLA Did Not Play
Oct 12 NYI Did Not Play
Oct 10 TOR Did Not Play
Oct 8 MIN Did Not Play
Oct 4 at COL Did Not Play
Oct 3 at STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 3:49 0:00

James Neal: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

After having just one point in six games during the Penguins' opening round series against Columbus, Neal has collected a point in all but one of the team's games against the Rangers, notching an assist in Wednesday's Game 4 win.

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Neal's 14:58 TOI against the Rangers on Sunday represents his sixth-lowest ice time of the season.

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Neal scored Pittsburgh's second goal in Friday's overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Divisional finals, his first goal since Game 4 of the opening round series against Columbus.

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After averaging better than a point per game in the regular season, Neal completed the first round of the playoffs with one goal and no assists.

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Neal tallied a goal in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.

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The Penguins took Neal off the No. 1 power-play unit in practice Monday, the team's official site reports.

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Neal netted a hat trick and five points Dec. 29 against the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh's Round 1 opponent.

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Neal scored his 27th goal and added a pair of assists Saturday afternoon against Philadelphia.

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Neal was named the No. 2 star Wednesday, scoring his 10th and 11th power-play goals of the season.

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Neal registered his fourth game-winning goal of the season Saturday, scoring in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay.

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Neal tallied two assists, including one on the man advantage, in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night.

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Neal (concussion) will be back in the lineup Tuesday.

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2013-14

Goals. Neal's goal is to score. Nothing more, nothing less. The winger notched 40 in 80 games two seasons ago and 21 in 40 contests last year. He also led the NHL with 18 power-play markers in 2011-12 and finished tied for third with nine a season ago. Neal missed eight games with a concussion. He also shifted wings to accommodate Jarome Iginla, a move that never really worked out. Neal, who has struggled to score whenever Evgeni Malkin has been out of the lineup, continues to be one of the league's elite snipers.

2012-13

Neal was one of but four NHL players to pot 40 goals in 2011-12. He clicked with Evgeni Malkin from the get-go, scoring the Pens' first goal of the season off a power-play set up by Geno. His 18 power-play goals led the league while his 81-point total was good for seventh. Factor in 329 shots, 87 penalty minutes as well as 108 hits and it's easy to see why Neal's fantasy value is higher than ever. The power forward had a penchant for streakiness up until last season, but then again, he never had teammates like Malkin and Sidney Crosby to help alleviate those concerns in Dallas. Asking for back-to-back 40 goal seasons might be a little much, but there's no reason not expect another 30-plus tallies from Neal.

2011-12

Neal hopes to wipe his slate clean heading into 2011-12 after a disastrous mid-season start with Pittsburgh last winter. Always a streaky scorer, Neal picked up 21 goals in 59 games with Dallas before netting just one score in 20 games with the Pens. He's only 24 and is scheduled to play alongside Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin at times. With less pressure on Neal to produce, one can expect a season in which the power forward returns to 25-30 goal production.

2010-11

Neal followed up a nice rookie campaign with another solid season (27G, 28A), playing on Dallas' top line. He recorded just two tallies with the man advantage after sticking 9 power-play goals as a rookie, so there's room to improve in his third full season. His lack of assists will limit his overall point production, but there's a 30-goal, 60-point season within easy reach.

2009-10

Neal netted 24 goals in his rookie season despite a brief stint in the minors after making the team out of camp. He led the Stars with nine PPGs, though his play away from the pucks needs refining. A full year under his belt, Neal could approach the 60-point level this season.

2008-09

Neal graduated from juniors play and had a nice pro debut with 37 points in 62 games. He lead all skaters with nine points in the recently completed Traverse City tournament and enters camp with a chance to win a roster spot with a solid camp. Brenden Morrow, the player Neal if often compared too, made a similiar jump into the NHL.

2007-08

Neal enters the 2007-08 season as Dallas' best prospect after a sensational year in the Ontario Hockey League. He's a long shot to break camp with the team, but a mid-season promotion to the NHL after a stop in the minors isn't out of the question. The comparisions to Brenden Morrow are good ones when projection what type of player he could become.

2005-06

Has shown a good nose for the net during his junior career. Figures to graduate to the AHL in a year or two.

2004-05

Tall and skinny (6'3" and 180 lbs), Neal has the offensive talent to be a power forward in the NHL. He has great character and a great attitude to go along with strong offensive instincts, but his skating could use some help. Still, he managed 44 points in 67 games as a rookie in Plymouth (OHL) and is poised to be an even stronger contributor for the Whalers in 2005-2006.