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07-17-2009, 04:21 PM
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Season Expectations for James Neal

How do you guys think James Neal will do this upcoming year?
How many points will he get??
There is no doubt that the stars will be playoff contenders again as long as they stay healthy...So I'd say Neal would be putting up come nice numbers..
Say 30G 30A 60P??

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07-17-2009, 04:38 PM
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I'd say 27 goals, 25 assists

something like that

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07-17-2009, 04:50 PM
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I think piqued and myself both predicted between 45-50 points for Neal, assuming he plays the full season.. there should be atleast 25 goals for Neal in my opinion.

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Somewhere around 50-60 points imo

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I miss Ziggy. One of my favorite players.

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I think 60 points is overestimating his progression personally. 40-45ish sounds about right.

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Really? You think he'll only improve by 3-8 points? I'd have to think he's going to get much more PP time this year and I bet he makes big strides when it comes to play making. I'm thinking something like 28 goals - 30 assists.

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Goals - 29

Assists - 17

Total = 46

A very Hagman type season. If Richards stays healthy he could score 30 but he's going to have to get a lot of incidental assists to score 50 points. Neal hasn't shown an ability to create plays for his teammates.

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I predict 26 goals 29 assists. As people have said he'll be on the PP a lot, and hopefully the PP can pick it up. I know many people are pegging Neal as a Brunnstrom type player (more goals than assists) but I think people will be impressed with his vision this season.

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07-19-2009, 01:05 AM
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I predict 26 goals 29 assists. As people have said he'll be on the PP a lot, and hopefully the PP can pick it up. I know many people are pegging Neal as a Brunnstrom type player (more goals than assists) but I think people will be impressed with his vision this season.
He's definitely more of a shooter than playmaker, but he did make some great plays at times last season. I see more of that in the future as he continues to round out his game. I remember one specific pass he made from sort of behind the net where he had to jump the net and it landed right on the player's stick (can't remember who tapped it home). Modano was the last guy I saw make that same pass.

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obviously junior stats cant tell the entire story but it seems neals always been fairly even as far as goals and assists go. I suspect last year was not truly indicative of what he brings to the table. Ill say he scores 20-25 goals and 20-35 assists

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He's definitely more of a shooter than playmaker, but he did make some great plays at times last season. I see more of that in the future as he continues to round out his game. I remember one specific pass he made from sort of behind the net where he had to jump the net and it landed right on the player's stick (can't remember who tapped it home). Modano was the last guy I saw make that same pass.
I remmeber another play where Richards passed to Neal who made a great pass back to Richards who was breaking to the net and he put it home. Neal can make good plays, but I agree he is a shoot-first kind of player.

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He's definitely more of a shooter than playmaker, but he did make some great plays at times last season.
I don't disagree that Neal is more of a shooter than a playmaker. However, I just don't see Neal as a Brunnstrom type player who almost always going to shoot. He has great passing abilities that Stars fans saw glimpses of, and I believe will see more of this season.

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I don't disagree that Neal is more of a shooter than a playmaker. However, I just don't see Neal as a Brunnstrom type player who almost always going to shoot. He has great passing abilities that Stars fans saw glimpses of, and I believe will see more of this season.
Wasn't I agreeing with you?

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I think its a great thing that Neal is shoot-first....haven't all of us fans been complaining the past few years that there were far too many pass-first guys on the team?

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Really? You think he'll only improve by 3-8 points? I'd have to think he's going to get much more PP time this year and I bet he makes big strides when it comes to play making. I'm thinking something like 28 goals - 30 assists.
HF is a place where people come to overrate the living hell out of their players, and then be way too optimistic about point totals. I would be happy if he matched last season honestly, he had an amazing rookie year and if he has a small increase that would be fine by me. Too many things went wrong last year to pretend that a sophomore slump isn't possible.

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I predict at least 2, that's right, TWO backhanded assists.

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I predict at least 2, that's right, TWO backhanded assists.
The only way that's happening is if it's off a rebound

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I'll hope for 5-10 more points than last season, but I'll be plenty happy with a repeat.

Reason being - Morrow playing all 82 games (which he will, darnit!) will cut back a bit on ice time for Neal, Brunnstrom, and Ott.

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I'll hope for 5-10 more points than last season, but I'll be plenty happy with a repeat.

Reason being - Morrow playing all 82 games (which he will, darnit!) will cut back a bit on ice time for Neal, Brunnstrom, and Ott.
Otts likely to take the biggest hit. I actually think the icetime Neal and Brunnstrom will both increase this year. They should both be better than they were last year and they should both finally see significant powerplay time.

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07-28-2009, 05:33 PM
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Neal and Brunnstrom will be slotted in the top 6. Ott will likely be getting 4th line minutes this year.

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Extremely doubtful.

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I don't want to see Ott anywhere near the top 6 this year, barring another injury.

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I don't want to see Ott anywhere near the top 6 this year, barring another injury.
Two years ago I would have agreed with you. But he proved himself an asset on good lines last year. He deserves his share of PP time as well.

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I don't want to see Ott anywhere near the top 6 this year, barring another injury.
I honestly think we could get the highest return for Ott and possibly Daley or Robidas. Packaging them up for a good D man would be great IMO.

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