OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

EDGE Analysis

He received a huge ovation when the pick was announced. Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury figure to be the two biggest names on the Golden Knights roster. A nine-time 20-goal scorer, Neal is going to provide a ton of offense for a team that figures to struggle to score goals. Expect Neal to line up on Vegas' top line alongside elite playmaking Russian Vadim Shipachyov. 30 goals is well within reach for the sniper this coming year.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal was left unprotected by the Predators for the upcoming NHL expansion draft, TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

One of the better names available for the expansion draft, Nashville was vulnerable to leaving a better forward available to protect the club's top four defensemen. While it's not guaranteed, Neal's selection by Vegas in the upcoming draft wouldn't be surprising given that he's notched at least 20 goals in each of the past seven seasons and at least 37 points in each of the campaigns over that span.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal suffered a broken hand in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

EDGE Analysis

Neal never missed any time, playing in all 11 contests after suffering this injury. In those outings, the winger picked up just four points, 10 PIM, and a minus-7 rating. For a player expected to be a goal-scorer, the 29-year-old underwhelmed with just one tally in the Stanley Cup Finals. Neal has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his nine NHL seasons, so fantasy owners can likely expect more of the same next year.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal tallied an assist and fired three shots on goal in 18:09 of ice time during Monday's Game 4 win against the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

This marks the second consecutive game that Neal has recorded a point. Although he has a minus-5 rating this postseason, he still has six goals and three assists combined with a relevant amount of power-play minutes. His inconsistencies with scoring make him tough to delegate in daily fantasy leagues, but he does average over four shots on goal and two hits a game, meaning he does contribute modestly in other fantasy facets.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal scored the game-winning goal in overtime and registered six shots on net during Friday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran winger has picked up his play as the playoffs have advanced and now has four goals and 25 shots over his past six contests. Neal actually left this game for a stretch, but returned unfazed and played hero in overtime. He has a strong power-play presence, and the recent uptick in shot volume is a huge boost for Nashville. Neal is also currently a ripe value option in daily contests.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
3 months ago

Neal scored Nashville's only goal during Friday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran winger also fired three shots on net to improve his recent numbers to three goals and 16 shots over his past four outings. Neal has also showed well on a new-look line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. The uptick in production is promising for Nashville's chances of advancing to the Western Conference Finals, and Neal is currently presenting target-worthy value in daily contests.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
3 months ago

Neal scored the game-winner on one of his six shots in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Blues.

EDGE Analysis

Neal was denied by a tremendous Jake Allen pad save and the pipe on a pair of Grade-A opportunities earlier in the third period before finally cashing in on an innocent-looking shot following a takeaway in the St. Louis zone with 6:57 to play. The veteran sniper has come alive with two goals on 13 shots over the past three games after a slow start to the postseason.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
3 months ago

Neal recorded one assist in four playoff games as the Predators swept the Blackhawks.

EDGE Analysis

Neal's offensive production has not been fantastic, but he did dish out 15 hits in the first round while averaging 16:54 of ice time. His presence on the top power-play rotation makes him even more valuable, but it is still yet to be determined whether the Preds will face Minnesota or St. Louis in the second round.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
3 months ago

Neal (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal has missed Nashville's last three contests while recovering from an upper-body ailment, so he'll use the Predators' final two matches of the regular season to fine tune his game ahead of the playoffs. The winger's matchup with the Stars is an enticing one, as he's played well against them this campaign, notching four points (one goal, three assists) in four games. Neal will likely return to a top-six role for Thursday's tilt.

OUTJames Neal
RW VGK
4 months ago

Neal (upper body) will not suit up for Tuesday's contest against the Islanders, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tuesday marks the third consecutive game that Neal will miss as a result of this ailment, but his participation in the morning skate is an encouraging sign that he could return to the lineup for one of the Predators' last two road matchups. That said, it's entirely possible that the team could hold the 29-year-old out to ensure that he is healthy for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so stay tuned for updates either way.