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Getting to Know: Reid McNeill

by James Santelli / Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Defenseman


Size: 6-foot-4, 204 pounds
Birth Date: April 29, 1992
How the Pens Acquired Him: Drafted in 6th round (170th overall) of 2010 NHL Draft
Team Status: Signed to an entry-level contract through the 2014-15 season

Claim to Fame: McNeill got the privilege to play to Ontario Hockey League seasons for his hometown London Knights, forming a defensive pair with fellow Penguins prospect Scott Harrington.

2012-13 Season: The stay-at-home defenseman played 44 games for the Wheeling Nailers in his professional debut "instead of sitting in the stands" behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s many defensive players. After leading the Nailers with 90 penalty minutes, McNeill joined WBS for 12 games in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Numbers Never Lie: While McNeill has never posted eye-popping numbers as a defense-first player, he did have his most successful offensive season in 2011-12. Playing in his final OHL season for the Barrie Colts after an offseason trade from London, McNeill recorded three goals and nine assists in 51 games.

Pens’ Take: "This guy is on the right path. He wasn’t a high draft pick, but you know what? He's on the radar. You've seen how he progressed. He looks big. He plays big. He came with us last year in Wilkes-Barre and did a really good job. He's a steady defenseman. He's going to have a bigger role this year" – Alain Nasreddine

McNeill on what he learned from playing in the ECHL: "Playing 35 minutes a night down in Wheeling, you learn how to manage your ice time and pace yourself throughout the game. Then when it came to the playoffs with Wilkes-Barre, it's a faster tempo. I learned how to control my ice time and save myself for the third period."

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