NEWARK, N.J. – Fans erupted with cheers on Sunday night as the New Jersey Devils traded their 9th overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks to acquire G Corey Schneider.
The 27-year-old Schneider is the heir apparent for the Devils organization at this time. With 2 years remaining on his contract that counts for $4 million against the salary cap, the Devils looked too sure up the net for the future. 41-year-old Martin Brodeur is entering what will probably be his last year playing for this franchise and last season exposed the Devils weakness between the pipes when Marty went down for a long stretch late in the season.
This deal between New Jersey and Vancouver was actually made Saturday night, but both teams entered the draft silent as a mouse on the deal. Schneider said he had not spoken to anyone in the Vancouver organization since the season had ended. Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had made it clear that he wished to be traded, but when GM Mike Gillis made the deal for Schneider it left Luongo “shocked” to say the least. With Luongo’s massive contract Vancouver was unable to find a suitor to take it on which made it easy for the Vancouver brass to make the Schneider move.
Schneider was 17-9-4 in 30 games this season in goal for the Canucks with a GAA of 2.11. Schneider was drafted with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by Vancouver. Brodeur will still enter this season as the No. 1 goalie but is going to be encouraging Schneider to take the job.
New Jersey also traded their second round 39th overall pick away as well to the Phoenix Coyotes acquiring the 42nd and 73rd picks. With the 42nd pick the Devils selected Steven Santini from the under-18 USHL developmental program. Santini is a big 6-2, 208 pound defenseman who’s got a knack for being a shutdown guy. Not a big point getter with no goals and 13 assists in 56 games but will be a large presence on the ice when developed.
The Devils closed out the draft with the 73rd overall pick, Center Ryan Kujawinski; 100th overall, Left Winger Miles Wood; 160th overall Defenseman Myles Bell; and finally with 208th overall pick acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur was proud to announce his own son Anthony Brodeur as the Devils final pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.