Time for the Devils to Give the Net to Schneider
Brodeur, the all-time winningest goaltender in NHL history, has been the model of consistency when it comes to netminding in the league for about 20 years. Year after year, one can find Brodeur in the top 10 in every goaltending category and year after year, one can usually find him in the Stanley Cup Playoffs competing for Hockey's Holy Grail.
There is no doubt that Brodeur, 41, has had one of the greatest careers a hockey player could ever have. He has won three Cups, two Gold Medals, has played in numerous amounts of All-Star Games, has won a ton of personal hardware (one Calder Trophy, four Vezina Trophies, and five William Jennings Trophies) and will go down as one of, if not the best, goaltender that ever played the game.
With all of that said, however, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is time for the Devils to give their net to Cory Schneider. Not only is Schneider considered the team's goaltender of the future, but with the way he has played this season, he should be the goaltender of the present.
For starters, Schneider has been the better goaltender statistically. As of this writing, Schneider is 9-9-7 with a 1.86 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and three shutouts.
Schneider's record may not be indicative of his strong play but unfortunately for the 27-year-old masked man, the Devils do not score a lot of goals when he is between the pipes. Nevertheless, Schneider does what he can to keep his team in the game and more often than not, give his team a chance to win a hockey game.
On the other side, Brodeur's number are well below his career average. On the season, Brodeur is 13-11-4 with a 2.52 goals against average, a .899 save percentage and three shutouts.
Secondly, Schneider is stopping more pucks than Brodeur is. To win hockey games in this league, a goaltender needs to be able to stop pucks on a consistent basis and for the Devils, the goaltender that is doing that right now is Schneider.
With a .927 save percentage, Schneider is ranked fifth in the league in that category. Yes, Brodeur has played slightly more games and has faced 34 more shots than Schneider but in the end, Schneider is stopping the puck more.
Lastly, it is time for the Devils to look towards the future. Brodeur has been a mainstay in the Devils' crease for 20 seasons and is someone who will never be forgotten by the Devils' franchise or the league in general.
With that said, the time has come for a new main man in net for the Devils and that man is Cory Schneider.