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McNeill Brings It Every Shift

Thursday, 06.9.2011 / 2:31 PM ET / Draft Central 2011
By Mike Ulmer  - Mapleleafs.com commentator
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McNeill Brings It Every Shift

Name: Mark McNeill
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Position: Centre
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 204 lbs
2010-2011: 70 games, 32 goals, 49 assists, 53 PIMs
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Skaters: 14th

Mark McNeill is a product of the Western Hockey League.

He is hard-working and stoic. That is particularly what has enamored the scouts.

The Edmonton native was a point-a-game player for Prince Albert this season but hockey officials are said to covet his combination of strength and hockey sense. McNeill played the point on the first power play and got stronger with every stride toward the crease. The Hockey News recently compared him to Anaheim strongman Bobby Ryan and leading up to the draft combine, McNeill spent three hours a day in the gym.

It all comes back to the bus.

“Life on the bus, you spend a lot of time with your teammates and there is a lot of bonding that goes on,” he said.

“Some things I am excited about are my versatility and my ability to stay strong on the puck but I am never satisfied. I want to always be raising the bar with my game.”

NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
NHL player: Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf
Shootout move: “Five hole”
Goal celebration: “Fist pump”
Video: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Movie: Inception
TV Show: NHL on the Fly
Actress: Will Ferrell
Music Artist: Drake
Website: Facebook.com
Book: “Hockey Tough" by Dr. Saul Miller
Pump-up song: "Top of the World" by The Carpenters
Home-cooked meal: Steak
Activity away from the rink: Golf

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