44-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Mathieu Schneider Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with Vancouver in August of 2009. Waived by Vancouver in December 2009.
Schneider has yet to see ice time during the first round of the playoffs.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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One of the Canucks biggest weaknesses last season was the lack of a puck moving defensemen. After inking Schneider in the offseason, that problem should be fixed. Schneider battled through injuries last season, but looked impressive totaling 17 points during a 23-game stint with Montreal. At 40, he'll be an injury risk, but Schneider is still one of the better quarterbacks from the blue line in the league.
Even at 38, Schneider is still a fantasy threat. Last season, he posted 52 points (11 goals and 41 assists) in 68 games. If he's able to get healthy by the start of November, Schneider could still turn out a 50-point campaign when all is said and done.
Itís not the worst thing in the world if he winds up being one of your blue line staples, but that said, thereís probably more downside than upside with the Schneider file. Heís always been a bit injury prone (one 80-game campaign in 17 NHL seasons), and thatís not going to get any better now that heís 37. And at that age, betting on a repeat of his pretty 2005-06 numbers (21-38-59, all career bests) is probably a mistake. Weíre also skeptical if he can get off another 188 shots, and even if that does happen, itís unlikely heíll score on 11 percent of them again (a very high shooting percentage for a defenseman). If Schneider falls to you, great, but itís a mistake to target him aggressively.
The Red Wings will gladly live with the occasional defensive lapse from Schneider, since he's got such a wonderful offensive game (heavy shot, good passer). Schneider will probably score a little less than Lidstrom when it's all said and done, but he should be a better-draft day value based on our past draft experiences. He's come a long way since he was fixing leaks for the Romanos Ö wait a minute, that's a different Schneider.