Apr 18, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on a shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Cory Schneider Player Preview

In the past, I have done a few articles on Cory Schneider and what his arrival to the Devils could do for the team. Only Lou knows what plan he and Pete DeBoer have come up with regarding Schneider’s playing time. In typical Lou Lamoriello fashion he has kept a tight lip on his plans. As if it didn’t seem like a perfect match already, Schneider has won two Lamoriello trophies at Boston College.

Apr 16, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

His Past

Cory Schneider seemed destined to be a star goaltender. Schneider, who was drafted by Vancouver before even attending college, set multiple Boston College records and even beat out the senior goaltender his freshman year. He has helped the team to 2 Hockey East Championships and had reached the NCAA Final twice, losing both times.

Once he joined Vancouver’s AHL team, the Manitoba Moose, Schneider continued to pile on the honors and accolades. When he moved up to the NHL he and Roberto Luongo posted the best combined GAA in the NHL for the 2010-11 season. There was a lot of controversy in Vancouver surrounding who should be the starter and it looked as if Schneider was going to stay and Luongo would be on his way out. As Vancouver and Luongo couldn’t agree on anything, the Canucks decided to deal Schneider instead.

What to Expect

“Between 2010 and 2013, Schneider put up dazzling numbers as a backup to Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. His NHL totals feature a 55-26-8 record with a Goals Against Average of 2.20. At 27, he is still young enough to develop and improve over his temporary term at New Jersey that will amount to 2 years of his playing services. To top it all off, he has Martin Brodeur as his mentor for at least one more season.”

April 13 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) defends his net during the second period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

That is what I put in my “Cory Schneider: The Answer” article on July 1st. In that article, I listed a fair amount of reasons why the trade was a good move for the team. A month and a half later, nothing has changed. Schneider can provide a lot of assistance to Martin Brodeur’s stamina and rest as now the Devils have a more-than-capable backup. For the immediate future, there aren’t any downsides to this move on paper. Yes, they gave up their probable selection of Hunter Shinkaruk (the Canucks’ eventual selection at #9) but this could benefit them even more.

The only problem that could arise is Schneider’s contract. Once it expires, he could leave the Devils and then they are left with no one of significance. For now, we should expect very good things from Cory Schneider.

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