The season grades start with the most important player on the Devils, Cory Schneider. Every time Schneider starts a game, the Devils have a chance to win. Cory can easily steal games for this team, and he showed that this year many times. He is the kind of goalie that can backstop a team to a lengthy playoff run, potentially stealing a series if needed. God only knows how bad (very bad) this team would look like without a full year of Cory Schneider in net.
Cory started 58 games this, going 27-25-6 while posting a .924 SV%, 2.15 GAA, and 4 shutouts. League wide, he ranked 6th in SV%, 4th in GAA, and 8th in shutouts. He played 3,412 minutes overall, which was good for 12th in the NHL, and would’ve played more had he not missed time with a right knee injury. He was also the Devils lone representative at the All-Star Game in Nashville.
If you look at Cory’s numbers a little deeper, you can see just how good of a year he had. His 5v5 SV% was 92.25%, and his AdSV% (Adjusted save percentage) was 92.76%. His shorthanded SV% was 88.71%, and his AdSV% was 88.85%, which both rank in the top 10 of goalies with at least 200 shorthanded minutes played. Out of goalies who played at least 1500 minutes in the 2015-16 season, Cory ranked 2nd in high-danger save percentage, saving 86.88% across all situations.
Cory put up Vezina caliber numbers this year, but wasn’t in the top 3. Maybe it was because he missed some time, or because he played on a team that didn’t make the playoffs, but Cory has a case as a Vezina nominee.
Final Grade: A
Cory was the Devils MVP this year, and it no one else really came close. Without him in net, the Devils are probably a bottom 5, maybe bottom 3 team in the entire league. Cory is that good of a goalie. He made some outstanding saves this year, and while he isn’t the flashiest goalie in the league, he puts up consistently spectacular numbers. Cory is one of the most reliable goalies in the NHL, and he gives the team a chance to win every time he steps foot on the ice. If this team is going to push for the playoffs next year, it’ll be because of just how great of a goalie Cory Schneider is.