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James Neal

27-Year-Old Right Wing – Nashville Predators

2014-15 NHL Stats

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

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Neal tallied his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Jets.

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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 27 NHL NSH 21 9 5 14 8 14 74 12.2 2 0 18:42 1 1 2 3:03 28 8
2014-15 Proj 27 NHL NSH 76 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for James Neal

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18:42

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, James Neal was on the ice for 18:42.

3:03

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, James Neal was on the ice for 3:03 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 17:28 5:12
2013-14 18:27 4:31
2014-15 18:42 3:03

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James Neal 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Nov 25 LA 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 0 21:09 4:48
Nov 22 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 19:46 2:50
Nov 20 at OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 4 0 18:52 1:46
Nov 18 at TOR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 13:26 2:56
Nov 15 WPG 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 2 1 20:35 3:51
Nov 13 at STL 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 21:53 2:06
Nov 11 EDM 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 10 0.0 0 0 20:01 2:11
Nov 8 at STL 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 2 1 18:41 1:58
Nov 6 at DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 16:38 1:49
Nov 4 at WPG 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 19:28 5:04
Nov 2 at VAN 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 2 0.0 3 1 19:53 3:42
Oct 31 at CGY 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 7 28.6 1 0 20:18 1:27
Oct 29 at EDM 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 16:59 1:03
Oct 25 PIT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 18:35 2:18
Oct 23 CHI 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 50.0 1 0 16:22 1:29
Oct 21 ARI 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 19:44 6:16
Oct 18 at CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 19:58 3:48
Oct 17 at WPG 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 2 0 16:42 5:17
Oct 14 CGY 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:08 2:30
Oct 11 DAL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 1 18:46 3:04
Oct 9 OTT 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 7 0.0 3 0 16:45 3:42

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

Neal bagged his eighth goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Blues.

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Neal assisted on both of Filip Forsberg's goals in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

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Neal scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.

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Neal turned in an unusual natural hat trick Thursday, scoring one goal in each period of a 3-2 win over Chicago.

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Neal scored his first point with the Predators on Friday versus the Jets, notching a third-period goal.

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Neal saw 17:04 of ice time during Monday's 3-0 preseason loss to Columbus, including a whopping 6:31 on the power play.

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Neal was traded to Nashville on Friday in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

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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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2014-15

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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.