Braden Schneider’s NHL profession is simply 30 video games outdated and the rookie defenseman is taking part in significant minutes for the Rangers within the thick of a playoff race.
After scoring the go-ahead aim within the Rangers’ win over the Penguins on Tuesday and helping on Filip Chytil’s 2-2 rating of their 5-4 time beyond regulation victory towards the Red Wings on Wednesday, Schneider now has two targets and 6 assists on the season. He’s averaging 15:39 of ice time per recreation in a bottom-pair position alongside veteran Patrik Nemeth, and the 20-year-old has made it tough to take him out of the lineup.
With Justin Braun now within the combine, after president and normal supervisor Chris Drury traded for the 35-year-old defenseman on the commerce deadline, Schneider will doubtless must be scratched a couple of instances because the common season wraps up. Braun’s 100 playoff video games of expertise makes him an attractive addition to the Rangers lineup come the primary spherical in May.
Asked if he feels any added motivation resulting from one other defenseman coming into the locker room, Schneider maintained the identical levelheadedness that he has since getting recalled.
“I think that motivation has been there the whole time,” he mentioned. “Brauner is an awesome guy and whatever I need to do, I’ll do. It’s been a lot of fun.”
As one of many youngest guys on the group, Schneider has seemingly reminded the remainder of the Rangers what it was prefer to be that age. After the Rangers triumph in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Chris Kreider was joking round with Schneider during postgame interviews and having real enjoyable.
Earlier within the season, defenseman Jacob Trouba talked about how enthusiastic Schneider is on the bench. When a participant like Artemi Panarin makes an eye catching transfer, depend on Schneider to hoot and holler over it.
“It’s awesome,” Schneider mentioned of being in a playoff race. “We have such a great room of guys and to be able to be playing with everyone on our team and to be part of this is pretty special. I just hope we can keep rolling like we are, it’s been a lot of fun.”