Pittsburgh Penguins
Nashville Predators
James Neal
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JamesNeal
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 208
BIRTHDATE: 09/03/1987
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: Whitby, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-33 overall
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.
Strong, young power forward that can play physical.

Nickname - “Nealer”

Played 3 NHL seasons with Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Scored 20-plus goals in each of his 1st 3 seasons.

Broke into NHL in 2008-09 at 21 years old, scoring 24 goals and 37 points in rookie campaign - 1st Stars rookie to score 20 goals since the franchise moved to Dallas.

Played in 2009 YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend.

Proved to be a clutch shootout performer for the Penguins in ‘10-11 after arriving from Dallas. He converted 3 of his 4 attempts (75%), including a pair of game-deciding goals in a 3-game stretch from March 21-27, 2011.

Scored 1st career NHL playoff goal as a Penguin in dramatic fashion with a double-overtime game-winner in Game 4 of 2011 opening-round contest against Tampa Bay.

Originally drafted by Dallas in the 2nd round (33rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

Represented his country in 2009 and ‘11 World Championships, 2007 World Junior Championships and 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championships.

Played 3-plus seasons with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-07.

Named OHL First-Team All-Star and OHL’s Best Checker in 2007. Played in ‘07 OHL All-Star Game and ADT Russia-Canada Challenge.

Younger brother, Michael, was a 5th-round pick (149th overall) by Dallas at 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Signed through 2017-18 season.