Not to focus on the negative, but the real shame here is that this is likely the highest honor that Cory Schneider will achieve this year. The ability to represent your country on a worldwide stage is obviously nothing to shake a stick at, but being labeled one of the three best American goaltenders in the world isn't all that surprising when you've easily been one of the top three goaltenders in the entire world over the the better part of the last two years. Let's just say it would have been much bigger news had he been left off the Team USA roster. So I'm happy for Cory, and I am happy that I get to watch him play more hockey, but I still don't think his performance this year - which has been nothing short of spectacular - is going to get the amount of attention that it deserves.
That being said, if Cory keeps us his play I fully expect him to take the reigns as the starting net minder for the best country in all the land, so that can only help his notoriety equate to his success. When it comes down to it the Devils remained in playoff contention (sadly it's going to take a miracle at this point) until the end of February. That's about three months longer than any single person that covers the sport thought they would and that's a credit to Cory Schneider. The amount of perseverance the Devils have shown would have been for naught without consistent excellence on their last line of defense. If not for Braden Holtby's similar numbers on a far superior team I truly believe Schneider would be a lock for the Vezina, and it's a shame he's not because he means more to his team's success than almost any other player in the entire league. Hopefully he keeps up the good work and shows everyone that - even as one of the select few that gets to participate in the World Cup of Hockey - he is still criminally underrated.
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