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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
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James Neal will be back in Nashville on Friday night for the first time as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Neal was taken in the expansion draft shortly after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final. "Probably the biggest whirlwind of my life, for sure," Neal said. "You just put your heart and your soul and everything you had into a team and tried to do everything you could to try to win a Stanley Cup. And a couple of weeks later, a week later, you're on a new team. It's definitely tough, but the way things have worked out here and gone for us, it's been good." Neal has 13 goals and 21 points in 27 games for the surprisingly good Golden Knights. Dec 8 - 11:24 AM

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James Neal picked up a goal with an assist and a blocked shot in Tuesday's shootout victory against the Ducks.

Neal has picked up seven goals and 12 points in 13 games this season in front of the home fans, including all three of his power-play markers. The multi-point game snapped his longest scoreless drought of the season at five games. Despite the recent skid he remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Dec 6 - 3:00 AM

James Neal posted a goal with an assist and a plus-2 rating with six shots on net in Wednesday's 4-2 victory in Anaheim.

Neal has posted at least one point in six of the past eight outings, totaling four goals with seven points during the span. He cooled off near the end of October, but he's back on a roll again. Not many expected Vegas to be an oasis for fantasy owners, but Neal has re-emerged as a must-start through thick and thin.
Nov 23 - 2:20 AM

James Neal posted his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's 8-2 loss at Edmonton.

After posting six goals over his first four outings, the veteran slowed down to wrap up October and kick off November. However, he is starting to show signs of heating up again, lighting the lamp in back-to-back games, while posting three markers over his past four contests. He has emerged as a fantasy must-start through thick and thin.
Nov 15 - 1:54 AM

James Neal scored a goal in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Neal's eighth goal of the season tied the game at one at the 4:52 mark of the opening period. Neal finished the game with a minus-1 rating, seven shots on goal and two hits in 17:51 of ice time. The Golden Knights forward has cooled off quite a bit since scoring six goals in his first four contests. He's only found the back of the net twice in his last 10 games. Neal has 12 points in 14 games in 2017-18.
Nov 6 - 10:46 PM

James Neal collected a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Golden Knights just can't be stopped right now. No one expected them to have an 8-1-0 record through nine games, but that's exactly where they stand. Neal's goal at the 18:16 mark of the second period finished off a four-goal frame for Vegas. The forward also helped set up Cody Eakin's goal a little bit earlier. Neal now has seven goals and three assists in nine contests.
Oct 27 - 8:58 PM

James Neal has gone four games in a row without a goal after a hot start to the year.

Neal has two assists during his goalless skid. He buried six goals in Vegas' first four games. Neal will continue to get his chances, but needs to start shooting the puck more again. He has three shots on goal in his last three outings.
Oct 25 - 10:41 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1William Karlsson
2Erik Haula
3Cody Eakin
4Ryan Carpenter
5Mikhail Grabovski
6Reid Duke
LW1David Perron
2Jonathan Marchessault
3Oscar Lindberg
4Brendan Leipsic
5William Carrier
RW1James Neal
2Reilly Smith
3Tomas Nosek
4Alex Tuch
5David Clarkson
D1Nate Schmidt
2Colin Miller
3Shea Theodore
4Brad Hunt
5Brayden McNabb
6Deryk Engelland
7Luca Sbisa
8Jon Merrill
9Clayton Stoner
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Malcolm Subban
3Oscar Dansk