For several years, the Penguins were in the market for a young winger who plays a power game and could produce a steady supply of goals. The search ultimately led them to James Neal, a 23-year-old with a rugged style and a scoring touch. A terrific fit, on almost every level. Except for one thing: Even though Neal's resume says he's a goal-scorer, his recent history doesn't. He scored 24 for Dallas as a rookie in 2008-09, and 27 last season. Neal then put up 20 in his first 42 games with the Stars this season. But the touch that had been so reliable has betrayed him lately. Neal scored in his final game with Dallas before being traded to the Penguins for Alex Goligoski 15 days ago, but had been shut out in 10 before that. And he is 0 for 6 with the Penguins going into their game against Buffalo tonight at Consol Energy Center. Doesn't even have an assist in those games, for that matter.
Neal not meeting his goals so far
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 8