By Matt Williams
---- — The NHL Draft tells players where they’re headed in the future: In some cases, years in the distances, and in others, immediately.
Washington chose recently graduated St. John’s Prep center Brian Pinho in the sixth round while New Jersey made a blockbuster trade to acquire goaltender Cory Schneider of Marblehead from Vancouver.
Schneider, who was swapped for the No. 9 pick in the draft, will play with 41-year-old Martin Brodeur, who has one year left on his current contract. The 27-year-old Marbleheader has two years remaining on his current deal.
“I’ve been a fan of Marty Brodeur’s since I was younger,” Schneider told the Devils’ website. “To potentially get work with him is going to be incredible. Just to see him coming off a Stanley Cup finals trip just a year ago, I know they have a lot of good pieces in place.”
Schneider entered the Stanley Cup playoffs as Vancouver’s full-time starter for the first time after backing up Roberto Luongo for several years. The Canucks lost to San Jose in the first round and have been unable to move Luongo’s longterm contract, opening the door for Schneider to return to the East coach.
Pinho, meanwhile, was chosen with the 174th overall pick by Washington. It marked the third straight year the Salem News Hockey Player of the Year was drafted out of St. John’s Prep, as Sam Kurker was a second rounder last year and Colin Blackwell a seventh rounder the previous year.
“Brian’s worked for this goal his entire hockey life and we’re thrilled for him and his family,” Eagles coach Kristian Hanson said.
Pinho will play for Indiana in the United States Hockey League next year and then join Providence College for the 2014-15 season.
Also, early in the day, Essex native Benn Ferriero was traded from the New York Rangers to the Minnesota Wild for a draft pick and defenseman Justin Faulk. One-time Winthrop standout Chris LeBlanc was chosen by Ottawa in the sixth round (161st overall).