Since Roberto Luongo signed his 12-year deal last summer, questions were non-stop about the Canucks number one goaltending prospect, Cory Schneider. Today, some of them can stop as the club signed Schneider.
But with Luongo committed for the long term and Schneider itching to play, media will continue to speculate throughout the summer and the concrete answers they're looking for won't likely be answered until September.
Schneider was draft in the first round, 26th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
He played three years with the Boston College Eagles before deciding to go professional in the 2007-08 season.
Schneider, 24, played in 60 games for the Moose in 2009.10, collecting a career high 35 wins. He registered four shutouts and recorded a .919 save percentage. In six Calder Cup Playoff games he recorded a .905 save percentage. He appeared in two games with Vancouver this season, including a 45-save effort Nov. 6/09 at the Dallas Stars.
The 2008.09 AHL Goalie of the Year played 40 games with the Moose in 2008.09, posting a 28-10-1 record and a 2.04 goals against average. He also led the Moose to the Calder Cup Finals with a 14-7-0 record and 2.15 goals against average. Schneider made his NHL debut Nov. 29, 2008, against the Calgary Flames stopping 28 of 31 shots. He has played in 10 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks.
2009 DRAFT PICKS SIGN
The Canucks continue to invest in the future as they sign Anton Rodin and Peter Andersson - both drafted in the 2009 NHL entry draft in the second and fifth rounds, respectively.
Rodin, 19, played in 36 games for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League in 2009.10. The Stockholm, SWE, native also represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships, finishing the tournament in top ten among tournament scorers with 10 points (3-7-10) in six games.
Andersson, 19, spent the 2009-10 season with Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg. In 21 games, the 6’3”, 194 pound defenceman recorded five points (1-4-5) and four penalty minutes.
Both were members of team Sweden’s 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship team that captured a bronze medal.