Jan 112011

Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks.

Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun

Roberto Luongo: Quietly, Roberto Luongo put together a very good first half to this season. Despite the endless criticism – and perhaps pushed by Cory Schneider’s play – Luongo finished the first half 4th in the NHL in wins (19), 10th in save percentage (0.921) and 11th in GAA (2.33). Luongo rarely needs to steal games anymore; he just needs to play well enough to not lose them.

Grade: B+

Cory Schneider: Give credit to the Canucks – they had a plan for Cory Schneider’s development and they’ve stuck with it. After sheltering him a bit in his first few starts, the Canucks have trusted him with starts in Dallas and San Jose in the last week and a half. Schneider had 12 appearances in the team’s first 41 games; he started 10 of those games and has recorded at least a point in each (8-0-2).

Grade: B

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  • Anonymous

    Not to quibble, JJ, but what, exactly, would Schneider have had to do to get an A? Get points in 11 of the 10 games he started?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520326674 J.J. Guerrero

    You know what’s funny? Schneider’s mark was the one I struggled with the most. There’s no doubt he’s been good and you can’t argue with his 8-0-2 in starts. I just kept thinking back to some of his recent games (with the exception of the ‘Canes and Sharks games) when I felt the Canucks won, not because of his goaltending, but more so because they simply outscored the other team.

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