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DeBoer expects Schneider to thrive as No. 1

Wednesday, 07.09.2014 / 4:10 PM / News
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New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer says nobody in the NHL is more deserving of the chance he\'s about to get than Cory Schneider.

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer says nobody in the NHL is more deserving of the chance he's about to get than Cory Schneider.

Schneider will enter 2014-15 as the Devils' undisputed No. 1 goalie, with Martin Brodeur looking to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

"This guy more than anybody in the organization and maybe in the League deserves that opportunity," DeBoer told Northjersey.com on Tuesday. "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 45 last season, his first with the Devils after splitting time on the Vancouver Canucks with Roberto Luongo.

With veteran Scott Clemmensen and prospect Keith Kinkaid as New Jersey's backups, Schneider is almost certain to play most of its games.

"I don't have any doubt he's going to thrive with that type of workload," DeBoer said.

Schneider, 28, was third in the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average last season, and 13th with a .921 save percentage.

Brodeur played 39 games last season and has not signed elsewhere.

"It's tough to close that chapter (with Brodeur)," DeBoer told the website. "I was only fortunate enough to catch the last three years of it, but feel privileged and honored to have been able to work with him for three years. I'll never forget the run he took us on two years ago (to the Stanley Cup Final) and the level he played at. Obviously, I wish him all the best."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
11 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
12 NJD 20 9 9 2 49 56 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 20 3 9 -1 12
M. Cammalleri 14 7 4 4 11
A. Henrique 14 5 5 4 10
M. Ryder 20 4 6 2 10
P. Elias 20 2 8 -6 10
M. Zidlicky 20 3 6 -2 9
D. Severson 20 4 4 4 8
T. Zajac 20 3 4 -1 7
E. Gelinas 17 2 5 2 7
A. Greene 20 0 6 9 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 9 8 2 .914 2.58
S. Clemmensen 0 0 0 .765 6.49