FRISCO, Tex. –
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Michael Neal
to a three-year entry-level contract. Neal was Dallas’ fifth-round selection (No. 149 overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, and split the 2008-09 Ontario Hockey League season between Belleville and Sarnia.
Neal, 20, went scoreless in three games with the Belleville Bulls last season before being traded to the Sarnia Sting, where he posted 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 63 games. His nine goals were tied for fifth on the team. The 6-2, 202-pound left wing added an assist and four penalty minutes in five OHL Playoff games with the Sting.
The younger brother of Dallas Stars left wing James Neal, he missed the 2007-08 regular season with a knee injury, but returned to skate in seven playoff games as Belleville represented the OHL in the Memorial Cup tournament.
A native of Whitby, Ont., Neal skated in 52 games with Belleville in 2006-07, recording four goals and four assists for eight points. He also posted an assist in 15 playoff games with the Bulls that season.