Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cory's Decision Coming

From Grant Kerr (Globe and Mail):

Cory Schneider plans to make a decision in the next week about his hockey future, choosing between staying at the collegiate level and becoming a professional in the Vancouver Canucks' organization.

The prize netminder is torn between the two, having already played three seasons with the Boston College Eagles in Hockey East Association and twice reaching the championship game of the Frozen Four tournament, collegiate hockey's equivalent of playoffs in the United States.

Schneider, 21, is considered one of the top goalkeeping prospects outside the National Hockey League. He has watched intently the progress of Carey Price, who left major junior this spring to become the most valuable player in the American Hockey League playoffs.
There are those who think that Schneider should be trade bait. With Luongo signed for the next three seasons and Drew McIntyre coming off a solid season with the Moose, the Canucks are set in goal for the next little while. If packaged in a trade, Schneider can fetch a top-six forward or at least a good offensive prospect in return. Already, Darren Dreger (on the FAN 590) initiated some chatter on this subject yesterday.

The flip side is that there is obviously no guarantee that Luongo will re-up after his current contract and Schneider should be ready for the bigs by then. The ceilings on McIntyre and Julian Ellis aren't as high as Schneider's, and if the Canucks trade him, they could be in a situation three years from now without a bonafide no. 1 goaltender. (Not that, pre-Luongo, we weren't used to this situation anyway.)

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:58 AM


At June 12, 2007 8:02 AM, Anonymous Michal said...

Hi there, great blogging J.J., you were missed in the last weeks.

Schneider is indeed quite a treat and he will become an even bigger one shall we give him some time in the Moose. (That is, obviously, with the assumption he decidees to skip the last year of college).

But as much as I am not a fan of moving Schneider "just for the sake of moving" (a draft pick, a top 6 - but not top 3 - forward), I'm also aware there is no reason to be preoccupied about Luongo.

Sure there is no guarantee he will stay after three contracted seasons, but did Devils have it all guaranteed with Brodeur...? Point is, we will never be sure what happens, but this story has two sides - perhaps Luongo's biggest dream is to become a legend in a city that loves him. He's playing in that city actually, so he could easily stay here till retiring. You get my point :)

So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed to see Schneider in Manitoba this fall... but if he can bring us a Pominville (bad example, Sabres got a young committed goalie), I wouldn't mind letting him go.

At June 13, 2007 6:52 PM, Anonymous Matt Gunn said...

I think the best thing for Schneider would be to take over as the #1 guy in Manitoba.

If MacIntyre joins the Canucks next year, then that would be great, but it would be tough on MacIntyre if he has to play backup after the great season he just had.



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