New Jersey Devils G Cory Schneider was named to Team USA for World Cup of Hockey.
Now depending on who you talk to, some Devils fans would say this opportunity is long overdue for the Marblehead, Massachusetts native Cory Schneider, who they believe should have been named to the 2014 United States Olympic Roster in Sochi.
Anyway, after remaining one of the National Hockey Leagues top goaltenders while sitting in between the pipes for a New Jersey Devils organization in the middle of a rebuild, Cory Schneider will have the honor of joining Milford, Connecticut native Jonathan Quick and Denver, Colorado native Ben Bishop in-goal for Team USA, giving head coach John Tortorella arguably the best trio of goaltenders in the entire tournament.
While Quick last played for Team USA in 2014 during the Winter Olympics and Ben Bishop last played for the national team in 2013 during the IIHF Wold Championship, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will mark the first time Devils goalie Cory Schendier will represent his country and play for the national team.
Team USA’s power trio of goalies will be joined by an offense that includes:
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, F
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, F
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks, F
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals, F
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, F
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, F
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, F
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers, F
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets, F
… and a blue line that includes:
With about six open roster spots, other New Jersey Devils hopefuls looking to make the United States World Cup roster are forward Kyle Palmieri and defenseman captain Andy Greene, but the odds of them making the roster are slim to none.
Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings) will probably look to fill out the remaining forward line with guys like Bobby Ryan, James van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel and Tyler Johnson who are all ahead of Palmieiri on the American-born depth chart.
On the defensive end, Lombardi will probably look to add New Rochelle, New York native Kevin Shattenkirk, St.Paul, Minnesota native Justin Faulk or Eden, Prairie, Minnesota native Nick Leddy before extending an invite to Devils Captain Andy Greene.
The World Cup of Hockey is set to take place from September 17th – October 1st, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes will also serve as an assistant coach on the bench with Team USA.