Cory Schneider’s Season
(Photo from NJ.com)
I want to start out this post by saying I know exactly how Cory Schneider feels after this season. When I was younger, I played youth hockey and I played on a team one year that absolutely stunk. We could not score a goal for the life of us and if I let in a goal or maybe two it was game over.
The same thing happened this year with Cory Schneider, the way he was playing from the middle of the season on would have had any team that was somewhat capable of scoring goals in the playoffs for sure. He showed up to arena every game day and was lights out. He would be peppered for 35+ shots on a nightly basis and would not give up more than one or two goals. Even with him playing that well he would lose 1-0 or 2-1. It was frustrating for me to watch so I am sure he wanted to pull his hair out most nights.
Schneider finishes the season with 26 wins 31 losses and 9 overtime/shootout losses. He also posted a .925 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average, both numbers in the top ten in the league for goalies who have played more than 40 games. This was his first season as a true number one goaltender and he his classified as one of the elite goaltenders in the league.
It will be hard for Schneider to up his performance from last year but not having to start the first 22 games of the season will certainly help with the fatigue factor for later on in the season. Hopefully the team in front of his next year will find a way to score some more goals for him, I mean it honestly can not get much worse.