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James Neal  #18

NUMBER: 18 BIRTHDATE: September 3, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Whitby, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (33rd overall)
2015 Playoff Notes: - Led the game in shots (9) in Game One, tying the Preds franchise record for shots in a playoff game. NHL Playoff Notes: - Tallied 22 points (11g-11a) in 38 career playoff games over the course of four seasons with the Penguins from 2011-14. - Recorded his first playoff hat trick with a four-point outing (1g-3a) in Game Five of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Senators (with PIT). - His first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal was a double-overtime game winner in Game Four of the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Tampa Bay (with PIT). Additional Playoff/Championship Notes: - Helped the Plymouth Whalers claim the 2007 Robertson Cup as OHL champions, ranking second in goals (12) and sixth in points (23) during the playoffs. - Paced all skates at the 2007 Memorial Cup in goals (5) and penalty minutes (42), while tying for fourth in points (6) in five games. - Won the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
OHL First All-Star Team (2007) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2007) NHL First All-Star Team (2012) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2012) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Traded to Nashville by Pittsburgh for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, June 27, 2014.
Quote of the Day

It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on his team's play in a Game 7 win vs. the Islanders