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James Neal

29-Year-Old Right Wing – Las Vegas Golden Knights

2016-17 NHL Stats

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23

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18

PP Pts

13

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PIM

35

2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

After scoring 136 points over three seasons in Nashville (an average of 45 points per season), Neal was left unprotected in the expansion draft, which resulted in him being snapped up by the Golden Knights. Itís not entirely surprising to see him leave the Predators, as last...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Hand    EST. RETURN:  9/1/2017
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 221   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 PIT 20 1 5 6 -1 6 52 1.9 0 0 16:54 0 2 2 3:02 39 4
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
2011-12 24 NHL PIT 80 40 41 81 6 87 329 12.2 4 0 19:08 18 12 30 3:56 108 15
2012-13 25 NHL PIT 40 21 15 36 5 26 136 15.4 6 0 17:28 9 7 16 4:00 56 17
2013-14 26 NHL PIT 59 27 34 61 15 55 238 11.3 4 0 18:27 11 15 26 3:50 58 23
2014-15 27 NHL NSH 67 23 14 37 12 57 221 10.4 6 0 18:05 3 1 4 2:53 71 30
2015-16 28 NHL NSH 82 31 27 58 27 65 268 11.6 3 0 19:04 4 10 14 2:47 113 31
2016-17 29 NHL NSH 70 23 18 41 -10 35 202 11.4 5 0 17:42 5 8 13 2:45 84 18
2017-18 Proj 29 NHL LAS 74 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for James Neal

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James Neal – Playing Time Overview

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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

17:42

Average Time On Ice

On average, James Neal was on the ice for 17:42.

2:45

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, James Neal was on the ice for 2:45 during power plays.

0:04

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, James Neal was on the ice for 0:04 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 18:05 2:53 0:01
2015-16 19:04 2:47 0:01
2016-17 17:42 2:45 0:04

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   James Neal
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Jun 11 PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 21:12 4:27
Jun 8 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 14:10 2:14
Jun 5 PIT 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 18:09 1:47
Jun 3 PIT 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 33.3 2 1 14:33 1:14
May 31 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 3 0 15:24 2:49
May 29 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 19:43 2:57
May 22 ANA 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 18:21 2:26
May 20 ANA@ANA 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 0 18:18 1:42
May 18 ANA 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 3 1 25:45 6:28
May 16 ANA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 18:52 4:12
May 14 ANA@ANA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 19:41 2:28
May 12 ANA@ANA 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 2 1 19:57 4:10
May 7 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 15:08 3:43
May 5 STL@STL 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 19:54 2:24
May 2 STL 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 0 0 15:19 3:48
Apr 30 STL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 15:43 2:05
Apr 28 STL@STL 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 2 1 16:11 0:00
Apr 26 STL@STL 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 20:09 2:57
Apr 20 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 15:15 1:49
Apr 17 CHI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 17:44 1:06
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Apr 15 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 7 0 17:41 2:25
Apr 13 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 5 0 16:57 1:06
Apr 8 WPG@WPG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 0 0 19:47 6:35
Apr 6 DAL@DAL 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 1 1 13:34 2:49
Apr 4 NYI Did Not Play
Apr 2 STL@STL Did Not Play
Apr 1 MIN Did Not Play
Mar 30 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 13:17 4:15
Mar 28 BOS@BOS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 20:05 3:11
Mar 27 NYI@NYI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 15:45 2:45
Mar 25 SAN 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 100.0 0 0 16:19 1:33
Mar 23 CGY 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 16:09 1:58
Mar 20 ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 15:55 0:40
Mar 18 CAR@CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 17:58 2:30
Mar 16 WAS@WAS 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 2 0 16:53 1:11
Mar 13 WPG 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 16:37 2:35
Mar 11 SAN@SAN 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 5 20.0 4 0 16:50 3:00
Mar 9 LOS@LOS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 6 0 18:41 2:38
Mar 7 ANA@ANA 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 19:58 2:58
Mar 4 CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 21:13 1:54
Mar 2 MON@MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 18:34 0:44
Feb 28 BUF@BUF 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 18:20 3:17
Feb 26 EDM 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 0 1 0.0 1 1 14:37 2:09
Feb 25 WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 13:35 1:19
Feb 23 COL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:15 1:46
Feb 21 CGY 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:51 1:23
Feb 19 CLM@CLM 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 16:34 0:00
Feb 18 MIN@MIN 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 19:21 1:47
Feb 12 DAL 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 2 0.0 3 0 15:25 5:06
Feb 11 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 13:41 4:33
Feb 9 NYR@NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 3 0 19:32 2:14
Feb 7 VAN 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 0 20:25 2:42
Feb 4 DET 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 17:32 2:47
Feb 2 EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 16:09 2:42
Jan 31 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 17:17 0:55
Jan 26 CLM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 15:15 2:26
Jan 24 BUF 1 1 2 -3 0 0 1 0 5 20.0 0 0 16:40 1:58
Jan 22 MIN@MIN 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 5 20.0 1 0 16:44 2:01
Jan 20 EDM@EDM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 16:11 2:55
Jan 19 CGY@CGY 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 14:09 2:40
Jan 17 VAN@VAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 1 18:57 1:00
Jan 14 COL@COL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:21 3:49
Jan 12 BOS Did Not Play
Jan 10 VAN Did Not Play
Jan 8 CHI@CHI Did Not Play
Jan 6 FLA@FLA Did Not Play
Jan 5 TAM@TAM Did Not Play
Jan 3 MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 17:19 2:02
Dec 30 STL@STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 19:13 6:18
Dec 29 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 7:48 2:29
Dec 27 MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 1 16:08 0:51
Dec 22 LOS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 15:05 3:43
Dec 20 NJD@NJD 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 40.0 1 0 17:54 1:38
Dec 19 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 18:20 2:33
Dec 17 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 22:25 3:00
Dec 15 MIN 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 2 0 21:37 2:55
Dec 13 STL 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 19:15 2:06
Dec 10 ARI@ARI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 18:11 0:00
Dec 8 DAL@DAL 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 12:59 2:51
Dec 6 COL 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 18:00 3:57
Dec 4 PHI Did Not Play
Dec 3 NJD Did Not Play
Nov 29 COL@COL Did Not Play
Nov 27 WPG@WPG Did Not Play
Nov 25 WPG 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 12:13 2:32
Nov 23 DAL 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 0 0 19:10 4:30
Nov 21 TAM 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 17:25 2:13
Nov 19 STL@STL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 8 1 22:49 2:19
Nov 17 OTT@OTT 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 3 33.3 3 0 17:43 3:09
Nov 15 TOR@TOR 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 2 0 20:44 1:16
Nov 12 ANA 2 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 5 40.0 0 1 16:46 3:17
Nov 10 STL 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 2 0 17:55 5:23
Nov 8 OTT 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 20:21 2:06
Nov 5 CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 19:03 2:02
Nov 3 ARI@ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 23:00 8:23
Nov 1 COL@COL 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 5 0.0 1 1 19:05 4:46
Oct 29 SAN@SAN 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 3 0 20:28 1:45
Oct 27 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 4 18:27 3:42
Oct 26 ANA@ANA 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 14:49 4:06
Oct 22 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 1 23:42 3:46
Oct 21 DET@DET 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 6 0.0 0 0 22:15 3:21
Oct 18 DAL 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 2 0 19:42 2:03
Oct 15 CHI@CHI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 0 21:49 0:43
Oct 14 CHI 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:26 5:33

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

Neal (hand) was left unprotected by the Predators for the upcoming expansion draft, TSN reports.

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Neal suffered a broken hand in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

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Neal tallied an assist and fired three shots on goal over 18:09 of ice time during Monday's Game 4 win against the Penguins.

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Neal scored the game-winning goal in overtime and registered six shots on net during Friday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

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Neal scored Nashville's only goal during Friday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis.

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Neal scored the game-winner on one of his six shots in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Blues.

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Neal recorded one assist in four playoff games as the Predators swept the Blackhawks.

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Neal (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

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Neal (upper body) will not suit up for Tuesday's contest against the Islanders, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

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Neal (upper body) was on the ice for an optional skate Tuesday.

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Neal (upper body) is projected to miss Sunday's game in St. Louis.

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Neal will miss Saturday's game with an upper-body injury.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

Neal had a respectable 2015-16 season Ė his second as a Predator Ė with 58 points in 82 games. Thatís not a bad result by most playersí standards, but itís certainly not what fantasy owners became used to seeing from him in Pittsburgh, where he skated with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (178 points in 179 games over three seasons). While recent history might cause most fantasy owners to assume Nealís days of point-per-game production are long gone, keep in mind that the sniper was on fire over the final quarter of last season, notching 21 points in the Predsí last 19 regular-season games. That had a lot to do with him finally finding chemistry with Ryan Johansen, who came to the Preds from Columbus via trade in January. If he and Johansen (likely accompanied by Filip Forsberg) can rekindle that magic in 2016-17, look out. The Preds should also get an offensive boost from the newly acquired P.K. Subban. Bottom line, he has plenty of upside this season, so donít be afraid to take a chance on him in the early rounds of your fantasy drafts.

2015-16

Despite missing 15 games, Neal was still a force near the net in his first season with the Predators, scoring 23 times in 67 games. While his point total dipped to 37 after he scored at more than a point-per-game clip in his final year with Pittsburgh, Neal still fired 221 shots on goal and delivered in the clutch with six game-winning tallies. Nashville relies on a balanced attack -- eight different players hit the 15-goal mark in 2014-15 and no single player surpassed 63 points -- which raises Neal's floor but limits his ceiling. Neal might not end up being a point-per-game player in Nashville like he was in Pittsburgh, but even in a rather down season, he demonstrated that he's still capable of lighting the lamp 20 to 25 times, along with providing strong PIM and plus/minus totals.

2014-15

After scoring 88 goals and 178 points with Pittsburgh over the past three seasons, Neal effectively becomes the Predatorsí top offensive option this season under new head coach Peter Laviolette. Neal has four years remaining on the six-year, $30 million contract he originally signed with the Pens, which makes him very affordable for the Preds, especially heís been scoring at roughly a point-per-game clip over the past three seasons. However, from a fantasy perspective, a significant portion of his appeal has been lost now that he will no longer be suiting up with superstars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That said, we still think a 60-point season is well within his reach, so feel free to draft accordingly.

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.