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Can Devils Expect Schneider to Bounce Back?

June 15th, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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It was a tough season for the New Jersey Devils in 2016-17, not that it came as a big shock. Ray Shero’s team is rebuilding and is still a few seasons away from truly being a contender. However, what did surprise many was the poor play of starting goaltender Cory Schneider. Schneider posted a .908 save percentage and a 2.82-goals against average, both well below the type of stats we usually see from the star goaltender.

Schneider has played at an elite level since joining New Jersey in 2013. With a subpar team in front of him for the entirety of his career with the Devils, that is no small feat. Unfortunately, Schneider was unable to perform up to his high standards last season and struggled throughout the campaign. So can the Devils expect a bounce back performance from their starting goalie next season?  Yes, they can, and here are a few reasons to keep the faith.

Improved Defense

I have written articles over the past two weeks regarding who Ray Shero could add in both free agency and through expansion draft trades. Some of those names include Kevin Shattenkirk, Sami Vatanen, Jonas Brodin, and Karl Alzner. Regardless of how it happens, what can be counted on is Shero getting some quality defensemen in the offseason. It is past due for the defense to get a substantial upgrade, especially considering it has been a negative aspect of the Devils since Schneider arrived.

Ben Lovejoy did not overly impress in his first season with the Devils. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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Tags: Cory Schneider, Devils Goaltending, New Jersey Devils

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