11. Cory Schneider has proven his worth in the NHL in the last few seasons in Vancouver. The Canucks were ready to move Luongo as quickly as they could to make way for Schneider to take over in net. The Luongo contract may have played a part in it, but there’s no denying Schneider has the ability to play with the best of them in the NHL. Schneider has found his way to New Jersey after the jaw dropping trade on draft day, that sent him to New Jersey for a first round draft pick.
The Devils are going into this season as a bit of a question mark after losing Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL this offseason. Schneider should be the starter over Martin Brodeur in net, but both will more than likely see their fair share of starts. Schneider started 30 games in the shortened season last year, and posted an impressive record of 17-9-4. He added a goals against average of 2.11 and a save percentage of .927%, including 5 shutouts. Schnieder is among the league’s best, and probably deserves to be higher on this list, but if he wants to prove he’s a better option than the ten goaltenders in front of him, he’s going to have to prove it this season with a mediocre Devils team.
Behind Schneider, presumably, is veteran goalie Martin Brodeur. Brodeur owns nearly every record in the book. He’s been around longer than I’ve been alive, and is the brick base of the Devils franchise. Age has become a factor, and the Devils have finally recognized that they need to look to the future in net. Brodeur battled injuries last season, but posted a record of 13-9-7. He held a goal against average of 2.22, and a save percentage of .901%. Brodeur should see his fair share of time on the bench this season. Schneider is the better option, and will likely get a good amount of playing time of Brodeur. Is this to be the last season of a historic legend?