James Neal
RW VGK
5 days ago

Neal dished out two helpers in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Sabres.

EDGE Analysis

After scoring six goals in his first four games as a Golden Knight, Neal finally added a couple assists to his point total. Both assists came on goals scored by his linemate, David Perron, including the game-winning goal in OT. While he may not keep up this level of scoring, the 30-year-old winger is settling in very nicely with his new squad.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 weeks ago

Neal buried two goals -- one on a power play -- in a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

In the team's inaugural home contest, the Golden Knights wasted no time putting on a show, scoring four goals in the first period, capped off by back-to-back scores by Neal. More importantly, his power-play goal was the first in Vegas history, snapping an 0/12 start to the year. The 30-year-old winger has scored the game-winning goal in each of his team's first three games and is tied for second in the NHL with five goals.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 weeks ago

Neal recorded the game-winning overtime goal during Saturday's 2-1 victory against the Coyotes.

EDGE Analysis

One night after scoring two third-period goals to help Vegas win its first game, Neal did it again in overtime against Arizona. He's stacked his stat line across the board with three goals, eight shots, five hits and two penalty minutes in two games. Neal is quickly becoming the go-to scorer for the Golden Knights and a very valuable fantasy commodity.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 weeks ago

Neal scored two third-period goals during Friday's 2-1 win over Dallas. He also recorded four shots, four hits and a minor penalty.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran winger was nursing a hand injury throughout training camp and wasn't a lock to suit up for Friday's game, so his huge third period was all the more special. While the Vegas roster doesn't jump off the page, the Golden Knights should be competitive most nights. As a result, Neal has the potential to move the needle across all fantasy categories and turn in a serviceable campaign. It's definitely important to note that staying healthy will be the key to Neal's virtual value, though.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 weeks ago

Neal (hand) will suit up for Friday's contest against Dallas, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was growing optimism all week that Neal would take part in Vegas' inaugural game and now it's official. The right winger will play alongside Cody Eakin and David Perron on the second line tonight. The 30-year-old should provide the Golden Knights with plenty of leadership and offense all season.

James Neal
RW VGK
3 weeks ago

Neal (hand) hasn't been ruled out against the Stars on Friday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite being placed on the non-roster injury list, Neal could still be available for Opening Night versus Dallas. The winger's presence in the lineup would be a huge boost to the Golden Knights' offense, considering he racked up 23 goals and 18 helpers for the Predators last season.

James Neal
RW VGK
3 weeks ago

Neal (hand) was placed on the injured-non roster list Tuesday, Lisa Dillman of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Evidently, the nascent Golden Knights won't get to enjoy the services of one of their top expansion picks to start the new campaign. Neal potted 23 goals with 18 assists and a minus-10 rating over 70 games with the Predators last regular season.

James Neal
RW VGK
4 weeks ago

Neal (hand) participated in Tuesday's morning skate, marking the first time he has practiced this preseason, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Considering the 2-to-4 week timetable that was set out for Neal's recovery, seeing him return to practice in under two weeks is a good sign that he's making progress. It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old will be able to see any game action in the preseason before the regular season gets underway, but at the very least his prospects for suiting up on Opening Night are looking better.

James Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal (hand) will miss an additional 2-to-4 weeks, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The former 40-goal scorer broke his hand in last season's Western Conference final and at the very least will miss the vast majority of training camp. The Golden Knights will be counting on Neal to provide offense for their inaugural campaign -- as he's one of the few proven scorers on the roster -- and his absence in preparations for the season will be a tough pill to swallow. Expect the organization to provide additional updates as training camp progresses.

James Neal
RW VGK
4 months 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.