Can Cory carry the load?
The American Hockey League announced today that Cory Schneider of the Manitoba Moose has been named the Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Schneider was 5-0-0 in five appearances for the Moose last month, with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and one shutout.
This on top of TSN’s Bob Mackenzie pimping him out last week:
“Cory Schneider is a great young goaltender… people don’t realize this, but he’s ripping up the American hockey league with a goals against average barely above 1 and a save percentage above .940, a 10-1-1 record. Now Cory Schneider, a kid from Boston, should be mentioned in the same breath as Carey Price in terms of potential young franchise goaltenders.”
That’s some high praise.
And like Price did last year as a 21-year old, Schneider may have to carry the franchise’s goaltending load early in relief of the injured Roberto Luongo and Curtis Sanford. Schneider, of course, still has to win his first game in the NHL, but he’s played well. (For what it’s worth, Price went 24-12-3 in his rookie year last year.) He made a couple of gaffes, but nothing that screams out Rob McVicar.
From coach Alain Vigneault (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province):
“I see a young player with a lot of upside,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Schneider.
“That being said, this is another step, this is another level. In the Calgary game, the second goal was one he should have had. And then, he lost his footing [Monday] on the second goal when we had a 2-1 lead.
“Hopefully, he’ll improve and, sooner rather than later, the ones that are going in right now won’t go in.”
We hope so too.