31-Year-Old Goalie – New Jersey Devils
Cory Schneider Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Devils on a seven-year, $42 million extension in July 2014.
Schneider made 33 saves on 37 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Lightning.
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Schneider turned in arguably his best campaign to date last season, setting a career high with 27 wins while posting a sparkling 2.15 GAA and .924 save percentage for a Devils team that was outshot on a nightly basis. New Jerseyís notoriously conservative style limits opportunities for both sides, so donít expect ridiculous save totals from the American netminder regardless of the teamís place in the standings. That said, Schneider has consistently proven capable of ranking among the leagueís top netminders in every category but victories Ė and with the Devils having added Taylor Hall over the offseason to improve their scoring punch, the 30-year-old could finally end up with a win total commensurate with his rate stats.
Although the Devils finished 13th in the Eastern Conference, Schneider was a fantasy stud in his second season with New Jersey, posting a .925 save percentage -- good for fifth-best in the NHL. With Martin Brodeur out of the picture, the former Canuck logged a whopping 69 games in 2014-15, posting a 26-31-9 record and five shutouts. The Devils didnít improve much in the offseason, so itís hard to see Schneiderís win total increasing drastically, but the 29-year-old is in the prime of his career and has the ability to put the team on his back. Schneider will be a workhorse once again in 2015-16, and while he might not reach 30 wins as he did in his final two years with Vancouver, heís likely to post terrific rate stats. If youíre looking for an elite goalie who will be starting almost every game and delivering exceptional save percentage and GAA totals, Schneider is your man.
With Martin Brodeur no longer a Devil, Schneider enters this season as his teamís undisputed No. 1 netminder for the first time in his career. On the ice last season, Schneiderís season was an amalgamation of bad luck, poor goal support and some rough stretches of play, as he posted a 16-15-15 record with a miniscule 1.97 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Schneider lost more than his share of games last season when the Devils were shut out. Moreover, he was a victim of the teamís inability to close out games either in regulation or the shootout, as the Devils didnít win a single time in the latter scenario last season. With Brodeur out of the picture, thereís reason to believe Schneider might play 70 games this season as the teamís backstop. The Devils might not give Schneider league-leading win totals this year, but his averages will be strong enough to make those nights he loses 1-0 and 2-1 easier to take.
Welcome to Newark, Cory Schneider. In one of the more shocking moves of the summer, Vancouver traded Schneider to New Jersey for just the 9th overall pick in this past season's draft. Schneider leaves the murkiest goaltending situation in the NHL to be pencilled in behind future-Hall-Of-Famer Martin Brodeur. Brodeur is still the defactor No. 1 goalie for the Devils, but expect Schneider to see a good amount of playing time, especially with the Devils having 22 sets of back-to-back games. If the Devils struggle, don't be surprised to see Schneider take over the starting role at some point this season. The odds of Martin Brodeur playing beyond this season remain to be seen, but it will be a surprise if the veteran sticks around after his contract expires. Schneider's value remains high this season, especially in keeper leagues, and it's easy to make an argument for him going well before Brodeur come draft day. Look for Schneider to thrive in New Jersey's system and he has shown the ability to steal games in the past.
Following up on his fantasic rookie campaign, Schneider did everything possible to cement himself not just as the Canucksí goaltender of the future, but also the teamís primary option in goal right now. He began the 2011-12 season as Roberto Luongoís backup but eventually usurped the former Vezina winner and took over the full-time job in the playoffs. Schneider finished the year 20-8-1 with a stellar 1.96 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 33 appearances. While he couldnít help Vancouver avoid a first-round sweep at the hands of eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles, Schneider remained excellent in net during the postseason, allowing just four goals in three games while putting up a .960 save percentage. The Canucks have made their commitment to Schneider going forward, inking him to a three-year deal this offseason while trying to find a trading partner for Luongo. As long as Bobby Lou is indeed moved, fantasy owners should treat Schneider as an elite goaltending option heading into the season.
Schneider excelled in his first prolonged stint at the NHL level, finishing 16-4-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .929 save percentage while serving as Roberto Luongo's backup in 2010-11. The 25-year-old netminder will once again be back in the same role as Luongo's understudy this season. While he would clearly hold more fantasy value as a No. 1 goalie, Schneider should still manage to see approximately 20 starts for the Canucks, making him a solid option in leagues that value backup netminders.
After dominating the AHL the past three seasons, Schneider is finally getting his shot on the big pond, albeit in a backup role. If all goes right in training camp, the 24-year-old netminder is set to backup Roberto Luongo this season. That will mean limited action for Schneider this season, making little more than a handcuff in one-year formats. But keeper leagues should continue to keep an eye on Schneider as he could be dangled in trades if the Canucks get desperate for a midseason addition.
Schneider is another elite prospect in the Canucks' organization. Other than an eight-game stint in Vancouver while Luongo was sidelined, Schneider spent last season dominating the AHL. In 40 games with Manitoba, Schneider went 28-10-1 with a 2.04 GAA and .928 save percentage. Despite his success in the minors, Schneider's' future with the Canucks is a bit murky. If Luongo is locked up long term, Vancouver will likely opt to ship Schneider out of town. No matter where Schneider finally gets his chance, he's got the chops to be a starter on the big pond and should be a fantasy asset once that opportunity arises.
The Canucks top-ranked goaltending prospect, Schneider dominated in Manitoba of the AHL last season, going 29-12-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Schneider will compete with Curtis Sanford for the backup role this season, so he could see limited value this season. Roberto Luongo's presence will keep him blocked as a starter for the next couple of years, but keep an eye on him.
Schneider just finished his junior season at Boston College and he is currently over in Russia playing for Team USA at the World Championships. Schneider looked like he could have been on the fast track to the NHL when he was drafted in the first round (26th overall) in 2004, but the acquisition of Roberto Luongo has pretty much put a halt to that plan. Luongo is going to be in Vancouver for a long time, so if Schneider develops as Vancouver hopes he will, he could be trade candidate down the line.
Schneider is the Canucks' goaltender of the future, but with Roberto Luongo locked up for the next four years, that future is a ways away.
Cool and composed is the best way to describe this high schooler ranked as the number seven North American goalie from the 2004 Entry Draft. He has a long way to go to get to the NHL but he may be a number one man in five to seven years if he can change from a flopper to a angles man.