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18 James Neal LW

Calgary Flames

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
16%5%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
71219-52814:05

Player Updates

July 19, 2019 07:48 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Flipped in big trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal was acquired by Edmonton from Calgary on Friday in a swap for Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round pick in 2020, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

After failing to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career, Neal will hope for a fresh start with the Oilers. The veteran winger could be a candidate for a top-line role alongside Connor McDavid and should be in contention for a spot on the No. 1 power-play unit as well. If he does get the opportunity to play alongside McDavid, Neal could threaten the 30-goal mark.

April 22, 2019 04:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: Hopes for improvement in 2019-20
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal wants to return to the 20-goal mark next season, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.

Neal's lack of production was a major story for the Flames this season, as he scored only seven goals and 19 points in 63 appearances. Neal had never registered less than 21 goals or 36 points entering the year, which came with the Penguins in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

April 19, 2019 01:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Scratched for Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal will be a healthy scratch for Friday's Game 5 against Colorado, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.

Neal's regular-season struggles have carried into the postseason, as the veteran forward has gone scoreless while posting a minus-3 rating despite averaging 2:50 of ice time on the man advantage through the first four games of Calgary's first-round series. If the Flames are able to stave off elimination Friday, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which coach Bill Peters reinserts Neal into the lineup for Sunday's Game 6.

April 2, 2019 11:08 AM
Flames' James Neal: Scores two points in garbage time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a goal and set up Derek Ryan's second in a 7-2 rout of Los Angeles on Monday.

The two points are nice, but you have to look at when they occurred to get the real story. This outburst came in the final period of a game that meant nothing to Calgary, and Neal's les likely to do this when the result does matter to the Flames come playoff time. However, with the Flames resting their best players, Neal is likely to get quality ice time and thus has solid value in Calgary's final two games of the regular season.

April 1, 2019 02:28 AM
Flames' James Neal: Unusually physical in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal registered an assist and five hits in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Sharks.

Neal's career high in hits is 194, set in 2008-09, his rookie campaign. He's mellowed out with age, last exceeding 100 hits in 2015-16 when he had 113 checks for the Predators. The assist gives Neal 17 points in 60 games this season, and it's his second point since he returned from a lower-body injury March 23.

March 30, 2019 06:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Scores on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.

The winger has had a disappointing season with six goals and 16 points in 59 games while also carrying a minus-8 rating. Neal had 44 points a year ago, but has mostly served in a third-line role with the Flames. The goal is his first point in four games since returning from a lower-body injury

March 24, 2019 01:32 PM
Flames' James Neal: Quiet return to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) skated 12:12 with two hits and one shot in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.

It's a lower ice time than his season average of 15:01 entering the contest. Neal slotted onto the third line, replacing Sam Bennett (upper body), but it was Mark Giordano and the Flames' fourth line contributing all the offense in the game. The veteran's spot in the lineup is probably safe while Bennett is out. Head coach Bill Peters may be hesitant to disrupt chemistry too much, which could leave Neal lost in the shuffle should Bennett make a speedy recovery.

March 23, 2019 03:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Appears ready to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) practiced with the third line and second power-play unit in Saturday's morning skate, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

This seems to indicate Neal will replace Sam Bennett (upper body) in the lineup after the former's 17-game absence. Neal has 15 points (five goals, 10 helpers) in 55 games this season, but rejoins a Flames team with 19 goals in their last five games, during which they've gone 4-1-0.

March 20, 2019 02:48 PM
Flames' James Neal: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) won't play Thursday against Ottawa, but could return Saturday against the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal has been a full participant at practice since Friday's session, but he evidently still needs a few more days to get back into playing shape. Another update on the veteran forward's status should surface prior to puck drop Saturday night.

March 19, 2019 01:32 PM
Flames' James Neal: Could return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) may play Thursday versus the Senators, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.

Neal participated in full practice as an extra body Monday, while recent call-up Curtis Lazar taking line rushes on the fourth line. Neal has missed 15 games with his injury, and he'll be out for one or two more before working his way back into the lineup.

March 16, 2019 01:04 AM
Flames' James Neal: Joins practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) wore a regular jersey in Friday's morning skate, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

It's another important step in the recovery for the veteran winger, who has missed 13 games with the injury and will likely tack on a few more to that total before returning. His return is not imminent -- he's not expected to play Friday's game versus the Rangers or Saturday's contest in Winnipeg -- but coach Bill Peters previously said Neal will be ready for the playoffs.

March 9, 2019 03:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: On ice Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) skated but did not participate in full practice Saturday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Head coach Bill Peters said Neal will skate again Sunday, but he won't be playing versus the Golden Knights. It's expected Neal will be ready for the playoffs, but any fantasy owners hanging onto the veteran winger will have to wait a little longer for his return.

March 6, 2019 04:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: Remains unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Danny Webster reports.

Neal has been a huge disappointment this season, tallying a meager 15 points in 55 appearances, so there likely aren't many fantasy owners tracking his availability at this point. The veteran forward will need to return to practice with his teammates before rejoining the lineup, so another update on his status should be released once that occurs.

March 4, 2019 12:48 PM
Flames' James Neal: Absence continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) won't suit up in Monday's home game against the Maple Leafs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal has not seen the ice since Feb. 14, and will continue to sit out with a lower-body injury. The 31-year-old hasn't quite lived up to expectations this campaign, collecting just 15 points in 55 games. Neal's next chance to suit up will be on the road against the Golden Knights on Wednesday.

February 20, 2019 01:48 PM
Flames' James Neal: Considered week-to-week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Brad Treliving revealed Wednesday that Neal (lower body) is considered week-to-week and will be reevaluated next week, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal can likely be ruled out for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as a result of the news, though whether or not he travels with the team as it embarks on a three-game road trip beginning in Ottawa on Sunday will likely be telling on whether or not a return Tuesday or Wednesday is possible. The veteran winger hasn't lived up to expectations in the first of his five-year deal with Calgary, collecting just 15 points over 55 games, and his latest injury will further reduce his chances of salvaging it.

February 20, 2019 01:08 PM
Flames' James Neal: Still sidelined Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) is not listed in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Islanders, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal will skip his third straight contest because of the lower-body issue, paving the way for Austin Czarnik -- who has scored two goals in the last two games -- to draw in again. Coming off of a 25-goal, 44-point campaign with Vegas, Neal has disappointed in his first of a five-year contract with the Flames, notching just 15 points through 55 games. Some of that can be attributed to a 4.1 shooting percentage, which ranks well below his average mark and is the lowest for any campaign in which he's played more than 20 games. With another game off the table, he will now look to Friday against the Ducks as his next opportunity to begin turning around a slow campaign.

February 18, 2019 03:52 PM
Flames' James Neal: Remains out of lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) will not rejoin the lineup versus Arizona, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal will miss his second straight contest due to his lower-body issue. The winger has fallen into another goal drought, as he has failed to find the back of the net in eight straight contests. With a mere five goals on the year, the Ontario native will certainly miss the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.

February 15, 2019 02:52 PM
Flames' James Neal: Ruled out against Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Penguins, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

The Flames have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Neal's lower-body issue, but for now he can be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's matchup with Arizona. The veteran forward has been highly disappointing this campaign, having tallied just 15 points in 55 contests after notching 44 points in 71 appearances with the Golden Knights a season ago.

February 14, 2019 09:32 PM
Flames' James Neal: Departs after collision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal left Thursday's game against Florida with a lower-body injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury on what looked to be a harmless collision with Jayce Hawryluk. An update on Neal's status for the road ahead should come after Thursday's game.

January 17, 2019 02:18 PM
Flames' James Neal: Returns to practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (illness) rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Neal's return to practice Thursday should pave the way for him to return to Friday's lineup against the Red Wings. He will miss just one game because of the ailment and will look to pick up where he left off after collecting a pair of assists over the last three games. It's been a tough season overall for the veteran, however, as he's managed just 10 points over 46 games.

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CAREER STATS
SEASONTeamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTFWFL
2008-09Dallas77241337-1190201120
2009-10Dallas78272855-521401941
2010-11Pittsburgh7922234575030815
2011-12Pittsburgh80404181618040411
2012-13Pittsburgh402115365906015
2013-14Pittsburgh592734611511040513
2014-15Nashville67231437123060710
2015-16Nashville82312758274030819
2016-17Nashville70231841-10505033
2017-18Vegas71251944-11506002
2018-19Calgary6371219-5201056
7662702445143073144071145
MORE CAREER STATS
SEASONTeamSS%TOISHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2008-09Dallas17114.01222:011462169:0549:40511023
2009-10Dallas20013.51419:151831214:4274:23642122
2010-11Pittsburgh21210.41382:141703204:017:55662121
2011-12Pittsburgh32912.21530:451681314:161:28871136
2012-13Pittsburgh13615.4698:45780159:510:31260013
2013-14Pittsburgh23811.31088:301251226:141:11551025
2014-15Nashville22110.41211:521476193:290:57571120
2015-16Nashville26811.61563:511931227:551:33651030
2016-17Nashville20211.41238:321599192:034:22351015
2017-18Vegas20212.41219:261412173:502:15240012
2018-19Calgary1415.0942:221252139:031:01280013
232011.613517:33163782214:29145:16558104230
POSTSEASON STATS
SEASONTeamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTFWFL
2010-11Pittsburgh7112-1001033
2011-12Pittsburgh5246-3100000
2012-13Pittsburgh136410-3201003
2013-14Pittsburgh132242000012
2014-15Nashville64150100013
2015-16Nashville144481101002
2016-17Nashville22639-8102010
2017-18Vegas2065110100000
2018-19Calgary4000-3000000
104312455-157050613
MORE POSTSEASON STATS
SEASONTeamSS%TOISHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2010-11Pittsburgh205.0121:5614532:280:056003
2011-12Pittsburgh287.199:0811417:450:0012011
2012-13Pittsburgh5111.8230:1828948:020:008004
2013-14Pittsburgh494.1239:4229739:570:0024016
2014-15Nashville2516.0123:4417814:330:078004
2015-16Nashville478.5300:5039841:530:348004
2016-17Nashville679.0394:0652658:170:4514007
2017-18Vegas649.4341:4541852:180:0412006
2018-19Calgary70.055:148011:210:510000
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/212
Birthdate:
9/3/1987
Age:
31
Hometown:
Whitby, ON
Team:
Calgary Flames
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NHL Experience: