NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Devils traded their No. 9 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the Vancouver Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider.
Last season Schneider played in 30 games and finished with a 17-9 record with a 2.11 GAA, including five shutouts.
Schneider seems in line to be the eventual successor to Martin Brodeur in net. Schneider was on the market once the Canucks were unable to dump high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.
Brodeur and Johan Hedberg were the oldest goalie tandem in the league last season. Schneider can now be groomed to take over for Brodeur, 41, one of the NHL’s all-time great goalies.
Brodeur, a rookie in 1994, has only ever played for New Jersey, and has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles.
The Canucks selected center Bo Horvat in the No. 9 pick.
The Colorado Avalanche who received the No. 1 pick in the lottery selected center Nathan MacKinnon with their first pick of the NHL draft.
Colorado executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic made the announcement Sunday at the Prudential Center. The 17-year-old MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound center, is a solid two-way presence with strong hands and stick-handling and skating skills. He is considered a natural scorer and a very good puck distributor.
The Avalanche won the draft lottery for the first time in team history and had made it clear that MacKinnon was going to be their top pick.
The Florida Panthers made center Aleksander Barkov, the top-ranked European skater, the second overall pick.
The New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center are hosting the draft for the first time.
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