Time for Schneider to Be Number One in New Jersey
Since the 1993-94 season, Brodeur has been the franchise’s number one masked man. He is the all-time winningest goaltender in the NHL, has the most shutouts in NHL history (121), has won three Stanley Cups, has won four Vezina Trophies, is a nine-time NHL All-Star and so much more.
This season, however, the Devils have seen a much different Brodeur between the pipes for their hockey club. In four games this season, Brodeur is 0-2-2 with a 3.40 goals against average and a .865 save percentage.
While no one can pin the Devils’ winless 0-4-3 start on Brodeur, it is clear that Brodeur is struggling this season. At 41 years of age, one has to wonder what kind of Brodeur they will see throughout the season and if he is the team’s best choice to play a lot of games this season.
With that in mind, it is time for the Devils to give the starting goaltending key to Cory Schneider. From the day that the Devils acquired Schneider at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the number one goaltending role hung in the balance and now, that balance has shifted to Schneider.
While the 27-year-old Schenider has not won a game in the young season, he has played well enough to see a lot of playing time. In three games, Schneider is 0-2-1 with a 2.65 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
Those numbers may not be sparkling but they are numbers that show that Schneider has been the better Devils’ goaltender this season. Schneider has been able to keep his team in ever game he has started, has not allowed many soft goals and is someone that even though the team has not won yet, has played with confidence when Schneider is between the pipes.
This puts Devils’ head coach Pete DeBoer in a tough position. Brodeur has been the team’s main man in net for the last 19 or so seasons and has given this franchise everything and more during that time.
With that said, things change. For the first time in Brodeur’s storied tenure, the Devils have another goaltender who is someone that will really give Brodeur a competition for playing time.
It may be tough to do but the Devils need to move on from the past. To do that, it is time to give Schneider the starting job.