2022 Rangers Report Card: Braden Schneider

When Rangers used the 19th pick of the 2020 Entry Draft on Braden Schneider, the selection raised a few eyebrows. Adam Fox was coming off a strong rookie season that saw him being considered on the ballot for the Calder Trophy and making the All-Rookie team. Jakob Troba had completed the first of a seven-year deal and, whether it was because of his game or his salary, was locked in a top four spot on the blue line on the right for the foreseeable future. NHL Lundkvist was one of the most highly regarded defensive prospects in the NHL and was arguably the top prospect in New York’s system at the time.

Schneider spent the majority of his first post-draft season at WHL Brandon before making the leap to the pros for the 2021–22 campaign. Although he failed to make the opening night roster, Schneider went to AHL Hartford and remained away until recalled on January 11. From there, Schneider played in 43 of the remaining 45 regular season games and joined the lineup for each of New York’s 20 playoff competitions en route to the Eastern Conference Finals. So how did he do in those games?

Boxcar stats: 43 GP, 2G, 9A, 25 SOG, 15:28 TOI/GP, 9 PIM, -2 penalty differential, +3 on-ice goal differential

5-on-5 Analytical Metrics: 0.95 points/60, -8.93 relative CF%, -8.80 relative SF%, -1.60 relative GF%, -7.52 relative expected GF%, -7.56 relative SCF%, 103.4 on-ice PDO, 1.0 GAR

Playoff stats: 0 goals, 3 assists, 11:08 TOI/GP, -3.89 relative CF%, -3.31 relative xGF%, -3 on-ice target difference

Although Nils Lundqvist beat him for a roster spot to open the season, Lundqvist was sent to Hartford when Schneider was called up, and it was Schneider who became a mainstay in New York’s lineup. Schneider made his NHL debut on January 13 against San Jose SharksAnd the rookie wasted little time in making his mark by scoring a goal in his first game:

Schneider spent much of the regular season partnering with Patrick Nemeth, with about 59% of his 5-on-5 minutes with the now-former Ranger. When Nemeth was out of the lineup, Schneider usually found himself skating with Ryan Lindgren, Zack Jones, or Justin Braun, each of whom partnered with Schneider for about 11% of Schneider’s minutes. Nemeth opened playoff skating with Schneider on the third pair, but Gerard Gallant had seen enough after four games against Pittsburgh, and Braun took over for Nemeth for the final 16 playoff games.

There are plenty of references to check when evaluating Schneider’s play. On one hand, most Rangers fans would say that he felt he played well after being recalled and proved his mettle by becoming an everyday player for a conference finalist at age 20. On the other hand, the shot and scoring chance difference tell the story of a player who was a major drag on the team every time he jumped on the board, and why this is and whether Schneider is to blame for it becomes the question. Available.

As stated earlier, Schneider played more time with Nemeth than all other defenders combined. After rumors of a buyout swirled but never came to pass, the Rangers attached a pair of draft picks to Nemeth so the Coyotes could take the final two seasons of his contract. Nemeth was New York’s worst defender in every metric across the board, so it’s fair to say that Schneider’s poor on-ice results were somewhat worse than those of his teammate.

As quick as possible to place Brayden Schneider’s shortcomings at Patrick Nemeth’s feet, there is reason to believe that Schneider bears a great deal of blame.
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However, Nemeth’s numbers with Schneider were significantly worse than those of his second most common defensive partner, Nils Lundqvist. The Nemeth–Schneider pair (+14/15) and the Nemeth–Lundqvist pair (+7/-8) were both zero to one in goal difference, but the relative shot and chance numbers strongly support the Nemeth–Lundqvist pairing.

Using 238 minutes played together by Nemeth and Lundqvist as cutoffs, 142 defensive pairs qualify for these rankings. The Nemeth-Lundqvist pair did not perform very well, as they were 126th in shot attempts, 134th in scoring chances, 127th in shots on goal and 108th in expected goals. Despite their struggles, they still outperformed the Nemeth-Schneider pair, as their time together placed them 141st in shot attempts, 138th in scoring opportunities, 142nd in shots on goal and 142nd in expected goals. saw.

Lundqvist did not excel during his NHL tenure, but the narrative surrounding him and Schneider did not quite coincide with his play. Nothing here points to Schneider firmly establishing himself as an NHL caliber player. There’s something to be said about making the NHL at age 20, but kudos to that only goes so far when that 20-year-old didn’t play particularly well by any metric of your choice.

When the playoffs rolled around. Schneider usually found himself watching the latter stages of close games off the bench as Gerard Gallant shortened his bench. It’s not just a matter of coaches trusting their young defenseman, as no Ranger has had more ice time than second-year pro K’Andre Miller. Schneider played nondescript hockey for the Blueshirts, in addition to slapping 37-year-old Brian Boyle to score a straight goal in Game 3 of the first round. This was reflected in the team finding itself under the ten-minute mark on the ice for half of the playoff games, which included four of the final six contests against Tampa Bay.

Schneider becoming an everyday player in 2021-22 was not something most Rangers fans expected to happen. After only 26 AHL games, it looks like Schneider has made the permanent leap to Broadway and should be a big part of this next window of controversy the team has opened up this season. The on-ice results were anything but beautiful for Schneider, but some leeway had to be given to the immense struggles of his primary defensive teammate.

Schneider is currently to be paired with one of the organization’s young, left-handed defenders. Matthew Robertson and Zack Jones are the top two names on that list, although Liber Hajek still hangs around the depth charts and could serve as a fallback option on the third pair. Whoever ends up playing with Schneider, his game next season will answer some questions after the residents of Rangerstown were left at the end of his rookie season.

Masthead Average: C+ (1 B-, 3 C+’s, 2 C’s, 1 C-)

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