Apr 10, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) deflects a shot in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Devils 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Cory Schneider will play as Devils starting goalie

Cory Schneider has become the New Jersey Devils undisputed number one goalie and coach Peter DeBoer believes he deserves this chance more than anyone in the National Hockey League.

With Marin Brodeur expected to sign with another team in the league, Schneider is ready for the opportunity to shine at what he does best.

DeBoer is excited to see what Schneider has to offer and has nothing but good things to say about the goalminder. “This guy more than anybody in the organization and maybe in the League deserves that opportunity,” DeBoer said. “He’s waited for the opportunity. He’s done all the right things. I’m really looking forward to the level he can get to playing 60, 65 games.”

Schneider played in 45 games throughout his first season with the Devils in the 2013-14 campaign. Prior to this, he played with the Vancouver Canucks backing up Roberto Luongo.

Schneider was third in the NHL last season with a 1.97 goals-against-average and 13th overall with a .921 save percentage. His contract will expire at the end of the coming season and it is highly likely that the Devils will be looking to sign a contract extension prior to the expiration of his current contract. Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello was even confident enough to stay recently that the extension will be signed “very soon”.

Scott Clemmensen and Keith Kinkaid will be Schneider’s backups. Schneider is expected to thrive in the role and there is no doubt he has the talent to do so. It will be a very excited upcoming season for the franchise.

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