Schneider was not that much of a known commodity when we acquired him. He put up impressive numbers in a backup role in Vancouver (albeit a heavy backup role, he wasn't starting 10-12 games) but that's pretty much all we had on him. I don't think many of us saw him play very often
I really only knew him from that Marleau OT game winner during that Sharks series. It was an easy wrister by Thornton over the blueline that Schneider stopped...but for some reason couldn't find the rebound as it trickled around him near the net and was finally put in by Marleau. It was a bad goal, and a bad job by Cory not finding and controlling that puck after a very stoppable shot.
That's the problem with Cory in general. He's not overly great at tracking or controlling the puck even when he does make the save. And angles are sometimes impossible for him. His awareness of where he is on the ice can be a problem. Sure we remember last nights softie...but does anybody remember the Bruins game where at the end of a shift some Bruin was skating half speed on his off wing...got cut off by a Devil and just gently trickled a puck towards Cory. Somehow that puck got passed Schneider and went off the post and right back into the slot...but nobody was there.
It's a big problem and I can't figure out why this happens. It could be a lapse in focus or it could actually be a vision problem. It could be that his reflexes are just not top notch. He's not acrobatic like his idol Richter. Not that he's some slug like Tim Cheveldae. But if this goes on we pretty much have to be content with Ron Hextall as our goalie. He'll have his moments but he will break our heart time and time again in the playoffs.