The Vancouver Canucks shopped backup netminder Corey Schneider hard during the NHL Draft on Sunday afternoon and they actually got someone to bite. The New Jersey Devils sent the ninth overall pick in the draft to the Canucks in exchange for Schneider and it’s a trade that has starter Roberto Luongo “shocked”.
“I’m shocked,” Luongo told TSN host James Duthie. “I have to let this sink in and figure out what I’m going to do.”
All long it was rumored that Luongo would be traded and Schneider was going to be given a chance to start but rather than keeping the younger player, the Canucks shipped him off to the east coast.
Last year before the start of the season it was thought that Luongo would be on the move but that never happened and he split time with Schneider in net over the course of the season. But the netminder has the right to be shocked as all the pressure is on the veteran to perform as his safety net of Schneider has been pulled out from under him.
He’s more than capable of taking over the starting role by himself but having Schneider behind him to bail him out or give him a night off was