Net loss for goalies

Updated: October 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET
By Craig Custance

The patience Cory Schneider has shown while waiting for the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie has been nearly as impressive as his play on the ice.

After being drafted with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2004 draft, he played three more seasons with Boston College. He then put in three seasons of play with the AHL's Manitoba Moose before earning the opportunity to back up Roberto Luongo full time in 2010-11.

He played 25 regular-season games his rookie season., and another 33 games in 2011-12, followed by an impressive showing in the playoffs (.960 save percentage in three games). That postseason performance completed his slow climb to the No. 1 goalie job in Vancouver, a position he was expected to claim when this season began.

If it ever begins.

At 26 years old, he has 68 regular-season NHL games on his résumé. By comparison, Marc-Andre Fleury is just one year older and has played in 434 games.

So yeah, Schneider is ready to get going here.