DEVILS TRADE FOR BRODEUR’S SUCCESSOR, SCHNEIDER
Added by Tim Purcell on July 1, 2013.
For the past several seasons, many questions began to circulate around the New Jersey Devils organization, wondering what life would be like once future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur decides to hang up his skates. General Manager Lou Lamoriello answered that question last night at the 2013 NHL Entry Level Draft at Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey.
The Devils were slated to pick ninth overall. The anticipation in the arena grew greater and greater after each pick. Devils fans were wondering which direction Lamoriello, and the Director of Scouting David Conte, were going to go. Medicine Hat Tigers sensation Hunter Shinkaruk was still available once the Devils were on the clock, but Lamoriello had other plans.
Commissioner Gary Bettman took to the podium, receiving the usual rain of boos from the crowd, and announced there had been a trade; one he said, ” I think you’re going to want to hear this one.” Once Bettman announced the trading away of the ninth overall pick, the entire arena took one big gasp. When the name, Corey Schneider was read aloud, the Rock began a rocking. New Jersey finally has the heir to the Brodeur throne.
Schneider, a 27-year-old native of Marblehead, Mass., has been the very capable back-up for Roberto Luongo for the past three seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. In 30 games played last season, Schneider posted an impressive 17-9-4 with five shutouts, a .927 save percentage, and a 2.11 GAA (goals against average). Schneider was drafted 26th overall by the Canucks in 2004 and still has two more seasons remaining from a contract signed in Vancouver at $4 million per season.
With a substantial amount of young goaltenders down in the farm system, it was essential for Lamoriello to go out and get an NHL ready, starting goaltender. Schneider is excited to be a part of an organization that “has had so much success in the last 20 years”.
*With the Devils final pick of the evening, Brodeur had the honor of calling the name of his 18-year-old son Anthony, as the newest member of the NJ Devils organization.