The growth and evolution of Reid McNeill
Defenseman Reid McNeill (PIT) was not on many scouting radars as a 15 or 16-year-old. He was not selected in the OHL priority draft and played as a 16-year-old for Lucas High School, located in London, Ontario, then later JrD level hockey for the Lambeth Lancers of the OHA. Then something happened.
"I grew eight inches in a year," McNeill said, followed by a laugh.
Between the ages of 16 and 17, McNeill grew from roughly 5'6 to 6'2, and while he was playing at a low level of hockey, that did not stop the London Knights, one of the most storied franchises in OHL history, from bringing him into the fold.… read more
I feel obligated to comment that this was one of the best interviews of a Penguins prospect I've ever experienced. Beyond the stuff discussed in the article, it was a very entertaining and interview. McNeill is a smart, accommodating guy with a very healthy perspective on what he needs to do to succeed in hockey. From a personality standpoint he reminded me a bit of Ben Lovejoy in that he can articulate the game well and you really want to see him succeed.
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