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Fantasy Summary

Neighbours’ is a deceptively fast player who likes to get in on the forecheck. He plays with an edge and knows how to operate in any role offensively.


Observations

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June 2022 – After being sent back to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, Neighbours was named captain and continued his stellar performance from the previous year. Overall, in 30 games he scored 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points in the regular season. Despite being injured for over a month leading up to the playoffs, Neighbours has not missed a beat there either. Tallying 15 points in 17 playoff games so far as the Oil Kings battle for the WHL championship in the finals against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Gordon Munro

 

November 2021 – The St. Louis Blues announced on November 10th they’d be sending Neighbours back to the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings for another year. After an incredible COVID-shortened 2021 season in the WHL, the Blues gave their former first round pick a nine-game cup of coffee in the show. He didn’t get much ice time, usually playing in a fourth line role, only breaking 10 minutes of TOI three times. However, he was still able to pick up one assist and score his first and only goal two games later against the LA Kings on October 24th. He showed some good flashes but the Blues’ choice of sending him back to the Oil Kings for another season is ultimately the right move. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off last season and play a key role on a stacked Edmonton team that’s surely poised to make a deep run. Gordon Munro

 

October 2020 – Neighbours was drafted 26th overall by the Blues. Neighbours could push for an NHL job after another year or two in the WHL.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

January 2020 – Jake Neighbours is a solid 200-foot winger who likes to play with a bit of an edge. He already has a sturdy frame at 5-11 and over 200lbs which allows him to engage physically and win battles with a high rate of efficiency. He has no problem going through a defender rather than around but he has good enough hands to make a move in space. His skating is good but he does lack high-end top-speed. His first-step quickness is the difference-maker with Neighbours as the young Oil Kings’ winger consistently beats players from a standstill position and then has a good enough top-speed to stay ahead in the race. His shot is above average because of his deceptive release. The puck jumps off his stick, elevating it from in tight with ease. Neighbours vision and playmaking lack creativity at times but he makes passes look effortless in the offensive zone. As a player who plays on both special teams, he should be able to find a role on just about any team fairly quickly. Tony Ferrari

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 29, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 26

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAAAEHL U1535 22 1840 64|        
  Western Canada Selects U14WSI U147 5 27 4|        
 2016-2017 Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15PCSSHL U1530 27 4168 16|Playoffs5 5 611
  Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U16CSSHL U164 4 15 6|Playoffs1 1 01
  Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15PJohn Reid Bantam5 3 47 35|        
  Team South Alberta Cup5 2 46 4|        
  Western Canada Selects U15WSI U157 2 35 7|        
 2017-2018 Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAAAEHL U1833 26 3157 12|Playoffs5 1 34 12