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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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The Golden Knights have selected James Neal in the expansion draft.
Neal has one more season left on his contract at a $5 million cap hit. He does have a modified no-trade clause, but could be flipped to another team. If he stays with Vegas then he will provide the team with some goal-scoring touch up front as a top-six forward. Jun 21 - 9:27 PM

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James Neal is one of the more seasoned scorers available for the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

The 29-year-old has notched at least 21 goals in each of his nine NHL seasons, with 23 goals and 41 points in 70 games last season. Neal has one year left on his contract with a $5 million price tag, and is one of the more established Predators left unprotected who still has multiple 20-goal seasons ahead of him.
Jun 18 - 9:17 PM

James Neal played through a broken hand in the last two rounds of the playoffs.

Neal suffered a broken hand during Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim. He scored the overtime winner in that game, but he contributed just two goals in his next 11 games. "He had to get it shot up every game just to be able to play," GM David Poile said.
Jun 14 - 3:21 PM

James Neal could be a possibility for the Vegas Golden Knights at the expansion draft.

It's expected that Nashville will protect eight skaters to keep top-four defenders Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm, so the club will have fewer spots for forwards. TSN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting that the decision may come down to Neal or Calle Jarnkrok for the last spot if a trade with Vegas isn't worked out beforehand.
Jun 13 - 12:26 PM

James Neal scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on Saturday.

It was an all-important goal as Neal found the back of the net with less than a minute to go in the second period and that gave the Predators a 3-1 lead in a game they would eventually win 5-1. Neal has only two assists in the playoffs in 19 games so his production has been spotty since the end of the regular season.
Jun 4 - 7:42 AM

James Neal registered an assist in Nashville's 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday.

Neal has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last four games. He has five goals and seven points in 14 playoffs games this year.
May 19 - 10:45 AM

James Neal scored his fourth goal in his last five playoff games on Sunday night.

After a sluggish start to the playoffs, Neal has had a hot hand for the Predators. He has found the back of the net five times in his past seven contests.
May 15 - 10:07 AM

James Neal scored the game-winning goal in Nashville's 3-2 OT win over Anaheim in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

It took the Predators 9:24 to net the goal in the extra frame. P.K. Subban faked a slap shot and passed to Neal, who scored the game-winner on a one-timer from the slot. Neal finished the game with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in 19:57 of ice time. The 29-year-old now has four goals and one assist in 11 games this postseason. Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson also scored for Nashville. The Predators have won the first game of each series on the road in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is good news for them. Game 2 will be played in Anaheim on Sunday night.
May 13 - 12:45 AM

James Neal scored a goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Predators blew their first opportunity to eliminate the Blues. Neal's goal tied the game at one at the 13:50 mark of the second period, but St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winning goal early in the third frame. Neal has now scored in back-to-back games and three of his last four. He has three goals and four points in nine postseason games. Nashville will try to put the Blues away at home on Sunday afternoon. They still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.
May 5 - 11:10 PM

James Neal's second goal of the playoffs ended up being the game winner Tuesday night in Game 4 against St. Louis.

He surprised Blues goalie Jake Allen with a turnaround wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle to give the Predators a 2-0 lead at the 13:03 mark of the third period. He has two goals in four matches versus St. Louis after he earned just one assist in four games versus Chicago in Round 1 of the postseason.
May 3 - 11:12 AM

James Neal scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The good news, is that Neal finally managed to score a goal in the 2017 playoffs. The bad news for Nashville, is that the series is now tied 1-1. Neal opened the scoring at the 7:49 mark of the first period before Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game with under 20 seconds remaining in the frame. The Preds then jumped back ahead 2-1 when Ryan Ellis scored in the second period, but again, the Blues responded with goals from Jori Lehtera and Tarasenko again. Neal has just two points in six postseason games. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:21 PM

James Neal will return to action on Thursday against the Stars.

Neal returns after missing three games with an upper body injury. He has 23 goals and 40 points in 68 games this campaign. He's expected to skate on the top line to the right of Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen.
Apr 6 - 7:03 PM

James Neal (upper body) won't play Tuesday.

It will be the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. Neal has 23 goals and 40 points in 68 games this campaign.
Apr 4 - 3:53 PM

James Neal (face) will miss Sunday's match with the Blues.

It's his second game out of the lineup with the ailment. Expect the Predators to give him the time he needs to heal up before returning to action.
Apr 2 - 3:34 PM

James Neal's upper-body injury was sustained on Thursday after an errant puck hit him in the side of the face.

The ailment forced him to miss Saturday's game against Minnesota. Neal's status for Sunday versus St. Louis is unclear at this time.
Apr 2 - 10:17 AM

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