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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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James Neal posted two assists with a plus-2 rating and a blocked shot in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Sabres.
After scoring six goals over his first four games, Neal hasn't posted a marker in back-to-back outings. However, he still has eight points through six outings while posting a plus-5 rating. He is playing very well and building up his trade stock for a Vegas team that could deal him to a contender by season's end. Oct 18 - 1:54 AM

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James Neal scored his 6th goal of the year in a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Neal was alone beside the net when David Perron found him 15:18 into the second period to tie up the game for Vegas. The Golden Knights then took the lead through Erik Haula but a third period collapse led to the Golden Knights losing their first contest. Neal is a great fantasy commodity that could find himself playing on a Stanley Cup contender at the trade deadline.
Oct 14 - 1:07 AM

James Neal buried a pair of goals in Tuesday's victory against the Coyotes.

Neal has lit the lamp five times while registering the game-winning goal in each of the franchise's first three outings. The Golden Knights have been quite the story in the NHL's first week with Neal headlining the show.
Oct 11 - 2:24 AM

James Neal's third goal of the season was the overtime winner as the Golden Knights defeated Arizona 2-1 Saturday.

The Golden Knights have scored four goals in two games and Neal has three of them including two game winners. Vegas gambled that Neal would bounce back after a tough 2016-17 season in Nashville where he had only 23 goals and 41 points in 70 games. He looks like a 50-60 point player thus far with Vegas.
Oct 8 - 10:25 AM

James Neal scored both goals for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2-1 win over Dallas on Friday.

Neal netted the first goal in Golden Knights history at the 10:27 mark of the third period and he got the game winner with only 2:44 left in regulation. Nate Schmidt, Luca Sbisa, Cody Eakin and Jason Garrison finished the contest with an assist each, as Vegas won their first game in franchise history in their 2017-18 opener.
Oct 6 - 11:39 PM

James Neal (hand) took part in Friday's practice.

It remains to be seen if Neal will be available for Vegas' first franchise game, but the odds of him playing seem good. His projected linemates are Cody Eakin and David Perron.
Oct 6 - 3:01 PM

James Neal skated alongside Cody Eakin and David Perron at Wednesday's practice.

The roster for the Golden Knights is unclear for opening night Friday, but it seems possible that Neal could be activated to play against Dallas. He was put on the team's injured-non roster list earlier this week.
Oct 5 - 10:21 AM

James Neal (hand) has been put on the injured-non roster list.

Neal has been recovering from a broken hand that he suffered in the playoffs. He resumed skating with his teammates last week and has been on the mend, but it's uncertain if he'll be available to play Friday.
Oct 3 - 3:10 PM

James Neal (hand) feels he is making progress.

Neal joined his teammates for Tuesday's morning skate. "I'm just starting to get a feel for handling the puck," he said. "But it's feeling good." Neal is staying patient as he prepares for the upcoming season, but it's unclear at this time if he'll be available for the Golden Knights' first NHL game.
Sep 26 - 2:56 PM

James Neal (hand) will miss the beginning of training camp.

Vegas GM George McPhee said that Neal could be sidelined for two-to-four weeks, as he continues to recover from a broken hand. "He may be a little bit behind everybody else — two, three, four weeks. It's hard to say at this point," McPhee explained. "The hand is taking some more time to recover than anticipated." Neal suffered the injury during Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. When he is healthy, he is expected to be a key player for the Golden Knights offense, as a top-line forward.
Sep 15 - 8:56 AM

James Neal is a few weeks behind in his recovery from a broken hand, according to Vegas GM George McPhee.

"Taking more time than we thought," said McPhee. Neal was hurt in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. He will probably be limited at the start of training camp.
Sep 14 - 2:59 PM

James Neal is a candidate to be the first captain of the Golden Knights and he could also be sent away at the trade deadline if the right deal comes along.

That would be an interesting scenario if Vegas beat writer Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is on the money. It's also possible that Vegas may not have a captain for their first season. Neal is expected to log top-line minutes for the Golden Knights in 2017-18. He has a $5 million cap hit and an eight-team modified no-trade clause. Neal is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
Jul 30 - 6:06 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Vadim Shipachyov
2Cody Eakin
3Erik Haula
4William Karlsson
5Tomas Nosek
6Reid Duke
7Mikhail Grabovski
LW1David Perron
2Jonathan Marchessault
3Oscar Lindberg
4William Carrier
RW1James Neal
2Reilly Smith
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Brendan Leipsic
5Alex Tuch
6David Clarkson
D1Nate Schmidt
2Colin Miller
3Jason Garrison
4Brayden McNabb
5Deryk Engelland
6Luca Sbisa
7Jon Merrill
8Brad Hunt
9Clayton Stoner
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Malcolm Subban
3Maxim Lagace