Yesterday the New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers as they are planning to send him to their AHL affiliate the Binghamton Devils. Cory Schneider’s play in net has taken a significant drop over the last few years in the National Hockey League. Last season was especially difficult for Schneider as he battled injuries and his overall record was 6-13-4 with a 3.06 goals against average. It took Cory Schneider until February 3rd of 2019 to get his first win of the season. Schneider’s production was at his best during the 2015-2016 season for the Devils as he compiled a 27-25-6 record with a 2.15 GAA and .924 save percentage. The numbers of games started by Cory Schenider has gone down from 60, 40, 26, & to only 6 starts so far this season. The Devils are hopping by Schneider going down to the minors, that he will be able to practice things he might not have time to focus on and hope to regain his form that made him a sought after trade commodity when they acquired him back at the 2013 NHL draft from the Vancouver Canucks for the 9th overall draft pick which became eventual Canucks captain Bo Horvat.
I think this is good for both the Devils and Schneider so he can get a “re-set” and attempt to get his game back together. Cory Schneider still has some talent left in the tank even at age 33 and has certainly faced some adversity the last two years of his career as he’s battled some injuries. Also, MacKenzie Blackwood has been very steller in net so far for the Devils this season and they want to give him the opportunity to keep growing and see what they have in the young netminder.
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