Host Devils Steal the Show At 2013 NHL Entry Draft11:46 AM
By Chris Doud
This year's Entry Draft came and went devoid of a slew of major blockbuster deals, but the hosting club New Jersey Devils made a couple of transactions that prompted roars from the home crowd.
The biggest headline from proceedings in Newark was the dealing of the 9th overall pick by Devils general manager Lou Lamorillo in exchange for Vancouver net minder Cory Schneider. The 27 year old Boston College product had been casted as one of the main characters in perhaps the NHL's most interesting drama playing as the burgeoning backup behind big-contracted Roberto Luongo. Much speculation for the better part of the past year centered around the possible trade of Luongo, or moreover his largely unmanageable cap hit, but the saga took an unexpected twist with the unloading of the on again off again young starter to New Jersey. Vancouver would use the pick to select London Knights center Bo Hovart.
Schneider would appear to be the heir apparent to the throne of the Devils crease which of course has been minded by the now 41 year old Martin Brodeur, who is entering into the final year of his deal, and perhaps the swan song of his majestic career. However every royal leader has a presumptive heir in his or hers lineage and in this case there is the eldest son of Martin, Anthony, who was chosen by the Devils with the 208th pick in the 7th round on Sunday. The Shattuck Saint Mary's product is already committed to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL for the upcoming season, but could very well be the replacement to Schneider down the line. Anthony's selection itself was made by his father, which again prompted cheers from the New Jersey crowd and was perhaps the most seminal moment of the day.