It’s James Neal’s birthday today. So, I just want to talk about how awesome he is.
I mean, Neal was one of the only good things that came out of 08-09. He played his heart out, just so he could have a spot on the Stars. Sadly, he was sent down to the minors, which he SO didn’t deserve, but it was, after all, “That Guy’s” fault.
The Real Deal had some pretty awesome moments last season, despite that unfortunate move by the Stars. December was an awesome month for him. He took out Derrick Brassard (and Brassard’s Calder Trophy) and showed us that he is indeed, “the Real Deal.” Then, in Toronto, right before Christmas, Nealer scored his first career hat trick. That was a good night to be a Star. 🙂
I’m pretty sure that Neal had the most multi-goal games of anyone on the squad. I can think of five instances when he scored at least two goals in a game.
To put it bluntly, James Neal rocks.
And I can’t decide if he’s the next Mike Modano, or the next Brenden Morrow. He’s got the size, speed, and scoring prowess of Modano. But at the same time, he’s got the grit, toughness, and determination of Morrow. So, really, he’s a combination of both.
One thing’s for certain, Neal is the real deal, and we’ll be seeing much more from this kid in the future.