A quick update on our North Shore guys playing pro hockey and who are currently in training camps:
A dramatic change of scenery, from the Pacific Northwest of Vancouver to the industrial East Coast of Newark, New Jersey has done nothing to dim Cory Schneider’s rising star among National Hockey League goaltenders.
Traded from the only NHL team he had ever known, the Vancouver Canucks, to the New Jersey Devils at this summer’s NHL Entry Draft, Schneider has made his new employers extremely happy with his play thus far.
Schneider played two periods of the Devils’ first exhibition game against the New York Rangers and didn’t allow a goal, being named the game’s No. 1 star in a 2-1 win. He then pitched a shutout in his first full outing, a 3-0 whitewashing of the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, and last night Schneider allowed only a late goal in a 2-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 27-year-old Schneider, who may wrestle more playing time away from 41-year-old Devils legend Marty Brodeur in the nets than originally perceived, has allowed just one goal on 70 shots thus far in the exhibition season, covering eight full periods.
The Devils begin the 2013-14 regular season a week from tomorrow on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, then play their home opener the following night against the Islanders. Schneider and his mates make their lone trip to Boston on Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. tilt.
The last time we saw Chris Kreider, he and the New York Rangers were skating off the TD Garden ice in late May after being defeated by the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The former first round pick had scored in overtime of Game 4 in that series to extend it to a fifth game.