Updates on Carl Neill; On the Move? Contract Forthcoming?

Ryan Biech
October 12 2016 09:00AM

The CHL season is a go, and the contenders are already separating themselves from the pretenders. And as with any league, these discrepancies usually result in player movement. In that light, Carl Neill's status is especially interesting given his current team's (Sherbrooke Phoenix -- AKA Carl Neills) situation

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Neill has shown fairly well for the Sherbrooke Phoenix since the Canucks selected him. But the Phoenix are already looking to rebuild, which is fairly common in the CHL since you only have your players for 3-4 years. That kind of expedited timeline presses teams to maximize value on their assets wherever and whenever possible.

One such asset for the struggling Phoenix is their captain, Neill. Given his status as a productive, two-way, overage defenceman, Neill has the potential to haul in a serious return. For context, Neill is among the QMJHL's best overage players and a top-ten defenceman, too.

That's not just theoretical, either. Speaking with Francois Carignan who covers the Phoenix, he confirmed through sources that Sherbrooke was taking trade calls on Neill no sooner than his QMJHL reassignment.

As the season progresses, Carignan suggests it's likely more teams could inquire on Neill. In Carignan's opinion, at this moment, the Shawinigan Cataractes are a leading candidate to land Neill. But they would need to rid themselves of an over-age player to add Neill.

From a Canucks perspective, Neill playing for a contender would be an added benefit to his development. No matter what team he gets moved to, he would be a top four defenceman on a team challenging for the QMJHL title. That kind of situation is always good for young players, and something that the Canucks probably considered when sending the young rearguard back to the Q.

Carignan's sources added that the Canucks and Neill have already begun the process of signing an entry level contract. It's not happening anytime soon, but it may something that will be completed prior to Christmas.

Neill has to round out his game, but he's shown enough to merit an ELC. It will be interesting to see how he handles a move to another organization, if it does happen, and then how he will adjust to professional hockey next year.

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#1 chinook
October 12 2016, 09:32AM
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Might take some time to orchestrate such a complex trade.. not easy to commit to becoming the Carl Neills for a whole season.

Right... don't want to sign on to the Carla Nellis.

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#2 Walker
October 12 2016, 09:25AM
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Thanks for this, Ryan.

Slight digression: has there been a revolution behind the scenes at CA? The content has slowed down and the season is about to start.

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#3 Bob Long
October 12 2016, 10:40AM
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Sign him!

Carl has good size, 6'3 - 206lbs, has a right shot and plays a physical game. He's the captain of his team. Next year, we'll see him in Utica. Keep his development moving forward.

Yah he's only 20 - one more year in the CHL and one or two in Utica and he's still be a young NHL D man. For some reason this year we all think 18 year olds should be making up our top 4, that hardly ever happens.

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#4 backup bob
October 12 2016, 09:24AM
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Sign him!

Carl has good size, 6'3 - 206lbs, has a right shot and plays a physical game. He's the captain of his team. Next year, we'll see him in Utica. Keep his development moving forward.

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#5 TrueBlue
October 12 2016, 09:28AM
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Might take some time to orchestrate such a complex trade.. not easy to commit to becoming the Carl Neills for a whole season.

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#6 krutov
October 12 2016, 12:51PM
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jd burke seems to have not posted since september until today.

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#7 jung gun
October 12 2016, 03:20PM
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@Bob Long

Dude, absolutely!

I would rather the average age for stepping onto our team be 23.

Two to four years in the minors won't hurt developing players.

Two years for the lucky and talented ones, four years for the unlucky yet talented ones.

So often luck determines the circumstances surrounding success, so we just need to create environments that increases our players' luck.

Let's not be deliberately unlucky and injured.

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#8 rich jeWALL
October 12 2016, 05:34PM
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hes a decent dman needs time in ahl. he has size and talent liked what ive seen him play in the q.

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#9 Carl NEEEIIILLLSSS
October 12 2016, 06:05PM
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It sucks that Sherbrooke is losing their QMJHL team.

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