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18 James Neal LW
Height/Weight: 6-2/208 | Birthdate: 9/3/1987 | Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Team: Nashville Predators | College: None | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/70 | Average Draft Position: 78.82
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12/12/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Rolling Again

News: James Neal scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal, contributed an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's road victory over Arizona.
Analysis: He's now got four points in his last four contests after enduring a seven-game scoreless drought. With a modest 18 points in 28 games, James Neal's on his worst scoring pace since 2010-11 right now, although at least he's got that plus-12 rating to hang his hat on.

12/11/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Bags Goal In Victory

James Neal

Preds' Neal Bags Goal In Victory

News: James Neal netted his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Analysis: James Neal's offense has largely been missing since mid-November, as the winger has produced just two points in 10 games since Nov. 15. Much of the blame lies in his departure from his cushy gig on the Pens' power play, where he accumulated 25 of his 61 points last season. With less offensive firepower surrounding him in Nashville, Neal has managed just a single goal and assist on the man advantage in 2014-15.

11/26/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Offense Dries Up For Preds' Neal

News: James Neal failed to crack the scoresheet during Tuesday's shootout win over Los Angeles, marking the fourth consecutive game he was held without a point.
Analysis: The good news is, James Neal continues to skate on the Preds' top line with Mike Ribeiro and rookie Filip Forsberg, and is seeing monster minutes (21:09 versus the Kings, including 4:48 on the power play). He's also shooting the puck a ton - he fired off five shots on Tuesday and has 28 in his last seven games alone. As long as these positive signs persist, the points will come. Keep rolling him as you normally would.

11/16/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Streaking

James Neal

Preds' Neal Streaking

News: James Neal tallied his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The 27-year-old is in the middle of a four-game point streak and has produced a plus-6 rating during that time. He's meshed well with Mike Ribeiro and emerging star Filip Forsberg on the Preds' top line and could be in store for a 70-point season if he's able to stay healthy.

11/8/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Has Two-Point Outing

News: James Neal bagged his eighth goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Blues.
Analysis: James Neal really has been the real deal in Nashville, posting 11 points through his first 14 games. The top-line winger has recorded a plus-6 rating over his last five games and is on pace to score 46 goals with Nashville. The former Penguin is a big reason why the Predators have been one of the league's best surprises thus far.

11/3/2014

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James Neal

Preds' Neal Dishes Out Two Assists

News: James Neal assisted on both of Filip Forsberg's two goals in Sunday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: The Predators new top line of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, and Forsberg was great Sunday, helping the team to their seventh win of the season. Although Neal has seven goals on the year, Sunday's game marked the first time this season Neal had been credited with an assist. The former Penguin is doing great in Nashville after many thought his production would dip with the loss of Evgeni Malkin as his center.

10/31/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Pots Two More Friday

News: James Neal scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.
Analysis: The former Penguin and Star also fired seven shots on goal, tying his season high. Although he's yet to record an assist through 10 games, James Neal has found the back of the net seven times so far, dispelling the notion that he'd suffer a significant decline in production without the help of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The 27-year-old still has a lethal release and one of the best shots in the league on what's looking like a much-improved Predators offense, so go ahead and roll him out there each time he takes the ice.

10/23/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Pots Natural Hat Trick

News: James Neal turned in an unusual natural hat trick Thursday, scoring one goal in each period of a 3-2 win over Chicago.
Analysis: James Neal started out slow this year, failing to register a point in his first three games in a Nashville sweater, but has now ripped off five goals in his last four contests. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him keep it going in a grudge match with his old Pittsburgh mates on Saturday.

10/18/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Earns First Point As A Predator

James Neal

Neal Earns First Point As A Predator

News: James Neal scored his first point with the Predators on Friday versus the Jets, notching a third-period goal.
Analysis: James Neal has had difficulty adjusting to life without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, going scoreless in his other three games with the Predators to go along with a minus-2 rating for the season. Neal should establish better continuity with Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg as he logs more games, but the chances of him reemerging as a point-per-game scorer this season seem slim.

9/30/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Skating On Top Line During Preseason

News: James 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.
Analysis: James Neal continues to be used exclusively on a line with Mike Ribeiro and rookie Filip Forsberg, a trio that projects as the Preds' No. 1 unit once the regular season begins next week. He should go in the early to middle rounds of most standard fantasy drafts.

6/27/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Neal Shipped To Music City On Friday Night

News: James Neal was traded to Nashville on Friday in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
Analysis: James Neal had a very poor playoffs and it eventually led to his departure. The Penguins wanted to shed some salary up front as well, and it was quite clear that Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby weren't going anywhere. Neal immediately becomes Nashville's best offensive option and even though he won't be playing with Crosby or Malkin anymore, his fantasy value figures to remain about the same.

5/7/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Neal Active For Pittsburgh

News: After having just one point in six games during the Penguins' opening round series against Columbus, James 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.
Analysis: James Neal still has just a modest two goals in the playoffs but has been staying active after limping through the opening round. We know his potential and what he can offer to the Penguins' roster if he is producing, but more goals would be a welcomed sight.

5/4/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Seeing Reduced Ice Time

News: James Neal's 14:58 TOI against the Rangers on Sunday represents his sixth-lowest ice time of the season.
Analysis: A lack of discipline and penchant for taking bad penalties has kept James Neal on the bench. From a fantasy perspective, the forward did record a primary assist on Chris Kunitz's goal, giving him three points in eight playoff games.

5/3/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Neal On Scoreboard For Penguins

News: James 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.
Analysis: James Neal, like several other of his high profile teammates, has been quiet this postseason. His goal Friday went off of Henrik Lundqvist and trickled over the goal line, but he likely won't complain. The Penguins will need more from Neal than two goals through seven games considering his ice time, especially his ice time on the power play.

4/28/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal's Game Goes South In Round 1

James Neal

Neal's Game Goes South In Round 1

News: After averaging better than a point per game in the regular season, James Neal completed the first round of the playoffs with one goal and no assists.
Analysis: First, he was taken of the No. 1 power-play unit and then he was separated from usual linemate, Evgeni Malkin (for the most part). True to form, James Neal led his team with 27 shots on goal against Columbus, but he'll have to play his way back into a more prominent role in Round 2.

4/24/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Gets First Point Of Playoffs

News: James Neal tallied a goal in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: James Neal's first point of the postseason propelled the Penguins to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but it ultimately wouldn't hold up, as the Blue Jackets rallied for the tying goal in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. Although his point production hasn't been great so far in the postseason, he's at least been active offensively, with 20 shot attempts over the four games.

4/22/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Off Pens' No. 1 PP Unit

James Neal

Neal Off Pens' No. 1 PP Unit

News: The Penguins took James Neal off the No. 1 power-play unit in practice Monday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: James Neal is the odd forward out with Pittsburgh going back to a two-defenseman power-play unit. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin remain on as the Pens' three forwards, while defenders Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen will play at the points.

4/16/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal The Real Deal Against Columbus

James Neal

Pens' Neal The Real Deal Against Columbus

News: James Neal netted a hat trick and five points Dec. 29 against the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh's Round 1 opponent.
Analysis: The power forward suited up just two times against Columbus due to injuries and suspensions. James Neal concluded the regular season with three goals and six points in four games. The Penguins are healthier than they've been all season and Neal's power-play presence could prove key to Pittsburgh's success.

4/12/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Leads Pens With Three Points Saturday

James Neal

Neal Leads Pens With Three Points Saturday

News: James Neal scored his 27th goal and added a pair of assists Saturday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Analysis: He took an undisciplined slashing minor, but that likely helps fantasy owners. After a prolonged slump, James Neal has three goals and three assists in his last three games. He's set to have a big postseason.

4/9/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Doubles Up On Goals Wednesday

James Neal

Pens' Neal Doubles Up On Goals Wednesday

News: James Neal was named the No. 2 star Wednesday, scoring his 10th and 11th power-play goals of the season.
Analysis: The goals were just his third and fourth in the last 18 games. James Neal is a streaky scorer and could be looking at a nice point run entering the postseason. The forward now has 26 goals and 58 points in 57 games.

3/22/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Gives Pittsburgh Happy Returns Saturday

James Neal

Neal Gives Pittsburgh Happy Returns Saturday

News: James Neal registered his fourth game-winning goal of the season Saturday, scoring in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The goal snapped a seven-game drought for James Neal and gives him nine power-play markers. The forward, who now has 23 goals and 53 points in 47 games, avoided suspension for a nasty cross-check Thursday night against Detroit.

3/20/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Helps Out In OT Loss

James Neal

Pens' Neal Helps Out In OT Loss

News: James Neal tallied two assists, including one on the man advantage, in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night.
Analysis: In his second game back after battling a concussion, James Neal registered 10 shots on goal -- matching his season high. His goalless stretch has now reached seven games, but look for that slump to end as soon as Saturday, when the Pens host Tampa Bay.

3/19/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Penguins' Neal A Game-Time Decision

News: James Neal (concussion) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: James Neal skated with Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin in Tuesday's morning skate, but he'll still need to be cleared by doctors in order to play against the Stars.

3/18/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal To Return Tuesday

News: James Neal (concussion) will be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Analysis: James Neal took his usual spot on the second line during pregame warmups and will make his return after missing the previous two games with a concussion. Fantasy owners who were expecting the worst when coach Dan Bylsma ruled Neal out indefinitely after he was diagnosed with the head injury last week have to be pleased about his return to the lineup.

3/17/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Return Date Not Set In Blarney Stone

News: Coach Dan Bylsma wasn't optimistic James Neal (concussion) would return to the lineup Tuesday. "Don't know at this point in time (if he can play Tuesday vs. Dallas or Thursday in Detroit)," Bylsma told the Penguins' website. "Obviously he was symptom-free and went out for a full practice, so hopefully he remains symptom-free and can progress from there."
Analysis: "Today was a good day and I felt good out there in practice," James Neal said. "Keep getting better from here." Starting Neal in weekly leagues is a tough call. He sounds as if he wants to play all four games this week, but his coach seems to think sitting Tuesday and Thursday might be a better idea. Either way, Neal figures to see action in at least two games.