Future Watch: Mark McNeill Rookie Hockey Cards, Stars

Future Watch: Mark McNeill Rookie Hockey Cards, StarsFuture Watch: Mark McNeill Rookie Hockey Cards, Stars – Mark McNeill was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization since 2011. He was selected as the 18th overall pick in that year’s NHL Draft. Whenever the Blackhawks spend a first round pick they are hoping they get a “top nine” player out of it. Well, the Blackhawks have been a hard nut for McNeill to crack and as a result he was traded a week ago.

He’s now with the Dallas Stars organization. The center wore the “A” in Rockford and is now currently playing for the Texas Stars of the AHL. In 2012-13, when he was selected by Canada for the World Junior Championships, he played a specific role. He was the center who won face-offs and played solid defense. From that point on I thought that was his best shot to make it to the NHL full-time. The Blackhawks gave him a game last season and now he’s hungry to get back to the NHL.

At 6′-2″, 214lbs, he has the kind of pro body scouts love. So far in Texas he has a goal in three games of service. With Dallas, he has a head coach at the pro level in Lindy Ruff, who likes players who can throw their weight around and exhibit a two-way game. This could be the perfect match in the future but for now McNeill will have to impress his new organization.

Here’s a look at McNeill talking about his new teammates:

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At 24, the Blackhawks included him in a trade as a chip and a way to give him a fresh start. The Stars need players like McNeill so it would seem like a good fit. Next year, McNeill will get an opportunity to make the big club out of training camp.

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Russ Cohen

Russ Cohen

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