Dallas Stars: Mark McNeill
June, 16, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at center Mark McNeill, who plays for Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Mark McNeill. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: February 22, 1993/Langley, British Columbia
Height/Weight: 6-2/201 pounds
2010-11 Team: Prince Albert (WHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||14th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||16th overall|
|International Scouting Services||21st overall|
|The Hockey News||16th overall|
|Registered 81 points (32 goals, 49 assists) in 70 games for Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League. Led team in assists and finished second in points. Picked up 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 6 playoff games. Had 6 assists in 7 games for Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship.|
|In his rookie season with Prince Albert, had 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 68 games.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Vision and anticipation. Play-making Physical play along the boards.
Negatives: Effort spotty at times. Lacks explosive first step.
Link: ESPN.com Mark McNeill Profile
|"One thing I like about him is that he's a right-handed center, which is good to have. He's really composed and has a real pro-style game. He has a nice touch, can dish, and has nice, soft passes. His on-ice awareness is very good and he's paid attention to detail at both ends of the rink. He has good defensive-zone coverage as well as being offensive at the other end. All around I think he's got a real solid game I think his offensive game will improve the older he gets and the more confident he gets. I think he'll be a better offensive player than he's showing right now. He's good at both ends of the rink. He comes down low and helps out defensively." - Blair MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting
"Shows good positioning at both ends of the ice and always makes himself available as an outlet for teammates. Uses his size to establish and hold position around the slot, but we'd like to see him initiate contact more often and play a more aggressive physical game - somewhat soft. Great offensive zone awareness along with very good creativity and soft hands for a big man. Strong on his stick and tough to separate from the puck. Gets back defensively to help out. Wins a high percentage of faceoffs. Effective on both special teams." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"He's developed a very versatile game as a power forward. He plays well on the perimeter, but also goes to the net well." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
|2010-11||Prince Albert (WHL)||70||32||49||81||-4||53|
|2009-10||Prince Albert (WHL)||68||9||15||24||-10||27|