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Devils goalie prospect doesn’t think Schneider trade hurts him

Jul 18, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

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Over the last few years, young goaltenders in the New Jersey Devils’ system were well aware that age would force goaltender Martin Brodeur to step down sooner rather than later. It provided them with a potential opportunity, but that seemingly went away when the Devils acquired 27-year-old netminder Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks.

In Schneider, the Devils have a player that could theoretically serve as their starter for the next decade, but goaltender Scott Wedgewood, 20, doesn’t think the trade will hinder his career path. In fact, he thinks it might prove to be a positive.

“Obviously, it puts it in perspective that Marty is on his way out and then with Schneider being able to play more games if Marty does decide to hang them up, I think it might be easier for them to bring up a rookie and trust him with playing the odd 20 games that Schneider can’t play,” Wedgewood told the Bergen Record.

“So, it’s almost maybe sooner than it would be (if they didn’t make the trade and Brodeur retired) because they’d go outside the organization for maybe two guys.”

Outside of Wedgewood, the only other goaltending prospect the Devils have signed is 21-year-old Maxime Clermont. However, Keith Kinkaid, 24, is a restricted free agent and will presumably agree to terms.

The Devils also recently selected Martin Brodeur’s son, Anthony, in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Any of those players would have been a big gamble to trust with the Devils’ starting job in the near future, but as Wedgewood suggested, one of them might end up as Schneider’s understudy when Brodeur retires.

  1. rickchablis - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Is he high?

    • brymck1 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      not really…he was likely never going to be a starter…really what didn’t hurt him (and likely helped him) was the buyout of hedberg. he’s still got a good chance to be the backup…devils were likely not going to entrust him with the starting job unless he made huge leaps and bounds.

    • jmg4314 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      my thoughts exactly LOL. Denial is not only a river in Egypt.

  2. quizguy66 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’m a huge Devils fan but we stopped developing goalies a long time ago.
    Per hockey db –

    Total NHL Games Played for Devils drafted goalies 1982-1990: 3,965 (less than 1/3 by Brodeur)

    Total NHL Games Played for Devils drafted goalies 1991-2013: 495 (317 of these were by Chris Mason who didn’t sign with the Devils after being drafted).

    If the Devils thought Wedgewood had the goods he would’ve seen real action by now IMO.

    -QG

  3. kane987245 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    People ragging on a guy for seeing the positive side instead of being butt-hurt and thinking its all over at a young age. Great Hockey intel people.

  4. quizguy66 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Certainly not ragging on Wedgewood and when you look across the league there’s a lot of kids who stepped up later on after being back-ups. Heck look at Hasek. It’s good for the kid to have confidence.
    -QG

  5. harpdog - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I suspect Cory to end up with the Rangers anyway. He and Coach Vigneault must of had something “special” between them for coach V to screw up a team and a top notch goaltender and maybe coach V may want to re-establish their “special relationship”

  6. capsfan14 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Either way, the orgnization is screwed for the next 5-7 years.

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