What is James Neal's ceiling?
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01-21-2013, 05:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Ceiling in a full season is not too far above what he did last year probably I'd say 90 pts max, 45/45 would be a career year most likely. More regularly I think between 35-37G, 38-40A will be pretty common. So he might get honorable mention in Richard conversation during years where nobody is scoring 110 pts that sort of thing, AND he is at the high end of his scale, but in general I don't think he's quite got that ability. If he could learn to do more with the puck when not shooting he might create some extra chances for himself but I'm not worried about it.
Just be physical and score goals and it's all we need. Just waiting for Geno to start getting some great looks once teams realize "oh yah, 'force Neal to beat us' isn't going to work real well, because he can beat us" and focus more stopping both players instead of just Geno. That's the beauty; they open space for one another.
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