Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Schneider Close to Leaving BC.

The College Hockey News reports that Boston College goaltender Cory Schneider is close to signing on the dotted line for the Vancouver Canucks.

On the strength of Schneider’s in-net play, Boston College appeared in the last two NCAA championship games, but were defeated in both contests by Wisconsin and Michigan State in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Schneider’s record, after three seasons (98 games), stands at 66-26-7.

In addition, Schneider amassed a GAA of 2.053, 15 shutouts, and a save percentage of 0.923 in his last three seasons with the Eagles.

Schneider, if he were to sign at this point, would very likely see plenty of minor league time before stepping up to the Canucks, however. As Vancouver GM Dave Nonis notes, “Cory needs to spend more time developing, playing 50 or 60 games (in the minors) and being in a pro environment.”

Nonis, who currently has star goaltender Roberto Luongo on the Canuck roster, also downplayed trade rumors which include the BC standout. As Nonis notes in the Vancouver Sun, “I’ve had teams inquire about him lots of times, but we know what Cory is. He is a very good prospect who has worked hard to develop and come a long way.”

Vancouver selected Schneider, a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

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