James Neal Injury Woes Continue

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James Neal
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: James Neal #18 of the Nashville Predators skates past a catfish against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

After missing training camp due to a broken hand suffered during last season’s Conference Finals, Vegas Golden Knights winger James Neal has now been placed on the injured non-roster list.

Consistent Scoring

Vegas claimed the high-scoring winger from the Nashville Predators during the NHL expansion draft. Neal spent three years in Nashville. Some were surprised when he was not protected. His scoring ability and contract status made him a good option for Vegas. His six-year, $30 million contract expires next summer. James Neal (30) is one of just six active NHL players to score at least 20 goals in each of his first nine seasons. He is expected to be one of the Golden Knights scoring leader this season, and to play on the first line and on the first power-play unit, once healthy.

Injury Woes Continue

Neal broke his right hand during the Western Conference finals in May against the Anaheim Ducks. He continued to play throughout the Predators unlikely Stanley Cup run last year. He scored six goals and added three assists during Nashville’s improbable run to the Stanley Cup final.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Vegas may be without Neal for at least two more weeks. According to general manager George McPhee: “The hand is taking some more time to recover than anticipated.”

Sportsnet is reporting his $5-million salary will still count towards Vegas’ cap, though he may not practice with the team.

Vegas baby, Vegas

LWOH’s own Gabriel Foley offered an in-depth look at the NHL’s newest team. Gerard Gallant became the first Golden Knights coach, being hired in April. They also signed top KHL player Vadim Shipachyov in May. Since they picked up three first rounders, including the highly sought-after prospects, Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom.

They take to the ice against the Dallas Stars on October 6, 2017. Unfortunately, Neal will not be available.

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