HW 2011 Prospects: Mark McNeill

Photos courtesy of Raiders Hockey

Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.

With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

Now, introducing Prince Albert Raiders center Mark McNeill:


Mark McNeill

#9 / Center / Prince Albert Raiders

6-2

201

Feb 22 1993



GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Prince Albert Raiders
70
32
49
81
-4
53
22
14
15.8

Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.

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History And Accomplishments

  • 2008 WHL Bantam Draft - 5th Overall, 1st Round (Prince Albert Raiders)
  • 2010-11 Team Prince Albert Raiders Awards - Molson Cup 1st Star
  • 2010-11 Team Prince Albert Raiders Awards - 900 CKBI Radio Three Star Award
  • 2010-11 Team Prince Albert Raiders Award - Fan Favorite
  • 2011 KHL Draft - 112nd Overall, 5th Round (Vityaz Chekhov)
  • HW's Take:

    Alright. I really, really like Mark McNeil. But at some point, I had to cut my list down to four prospects or else it'll make me just appear lazy.

    McNeill has all the tools to become an effective NHLer. He has very little flaws. He has speed, a big body, plays physical, has solid offensive skills, can play in all situations (and does consistently back in juniors), has solid character and can even fight.

    In terms of flaws, he has some refining to do in his defensive zone play, but with his current sitruation playing all roles with Prince Albert, he'll have plenty of chances to fix up all his knocks.

    But still, I had to cut my list and McNeill doesn't make it.

    HW's Projection

    Top six cente - can play all situations

    Summary Scouts Notes

    For full explanations, click on the links:

    NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald (via NHL.com)

    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.

    B2011DW

    Physical center who muscles through attempted checks ... good skater with fine acceleration ... mature, stong, NHL-ready physique ... hard shot with quick release ... finishes his checks and hits to hurt when on his game ... capable passer ... superb character and leadership ... nasty fighter ... his real value is in hockey sense and soft hands ... plays with a lot of energy and hustle ... too passive at times ... defense is a work in progress ...

    The Scouting Report

    A big, physical, right-handed center ... skating ability combined with solid strength and size ... known for his versatility ... used to kill penalties, score goals, to take late-game face-offs, and to play against the best players ... overpowers opponents in the corners ... has a quick hard wrist shot that he uses well ... an under-rated passer ... make him hard to contain when he is driving to the net ... needs to improve his awareness and positioning ... lacks the offensive upside needed to be an elite scorer

    Video Evidence

    2011 prospect : Mark McNeill compilation (via nhldraftvideo)

    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    He fits. Versatile and plays all situations. Physical, talented, mature. And he's wears #9. Mikko Koivu anyone?

    Good Choice At #10?

    Yes, but again, had to cut my list.

    So not my favorite but I would be ecstatic to see him in a Wild jersey.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?

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    Comment away!

    Special thanks to Brock Otten, Kirk Luedek, Scott Campbell, and Dan Shrader 

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