Born: Prior Lake, Minnesota, September 29, 1990
Size: 5'9", 175 pounds
Drafted: 22nd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2009
It's great to see Schroeder, who was the final cut at the Canucks' Camp this year, get his chance to play in the NHL. We have not seen much of the 22 year old until now, given the Canucks' depth over the past several years. But with Ryan Kesler out indefinitely and the Canucks needing some offensive punch at center, Schroeder is finally getting his chance.
Look at MayRay point to the puck to tell someone to pick it up and save it for Schroeder's first NHL point. Class, baby.
I just want to post some quotes from the MSM from the past just to give you a bit of an idea as to who this kid is.
June 2009, Faceoff.com:
Two years before the Canucks chose the 18-year-old scoring whiz from Prior Lake, Minn., with their first pick of the National Hockey League entry draft Friday in Montreal, John Schroeder told his son that Vancouver would be a great city in which to play.
"I was there in January and it was just gorgeous," the elder Schroeder said by phone from Montreal after the Canucks chose Jordan 22nd. "Two years ago, I remember telling him that Vancouver would be a pretty good place to go, that he'd be pretty happy. It's amazing how things work out."
The Canucks were almost amazed, too, that one of the most prolific scorers in U.S. college hockey was still available in the bottom third of the first round.
"I've heard it's a great city with great fans and I'm really looking forward to seeing it," Schroeder said. "Ever since I was about four or five years old, I wanted to play hockey and play in the NHL one day. This was my dream."
He first played hockey at the age of four; his first organized team was called the Lakeville Ponys which was intended as a learn to skate program but at the recommendation of his coach Scott Cummings, he was moved up to the Mite program because his skill level was far ahead of the other kids his age. Schroeder spent two years at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, before graduating with high honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He accelerated his high school education in order to play NCAA hockey a year early and took courses online from Brigham Young University to do so. Schroeder signed a letter of intent to join the University of Minnesota in November 2007. He enrolled at the school in the fall of 2008, majoring in business and marketing education. In 2010, his final year at the school, Schroeder was named to the WCHA All-Academic team, the result of a 3.0 grade average over the previous two semesters.
More from Schroeder's Wiki Page:
Schroeder debuted with the American junior national team internationally at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships in Finland. He helped the United States to a silver medal as he finished third in tournament scoring with 11 points, behind American teammates Colin Wilson and James van Riemsdyk.
The following year, Schroeder was named to the under-20 team, the youngest on the team at 17, for the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. He finished second in team scoring and tied for fourth in the tournament behind van Riemsdyk with one goal and seven assists for eight points in seven games. Three months later, Schroeder made his second U18 tournament appearance. Named the player of the game in the American's match against Sweden, he recorded five points in seven games as the Americans earned a bronze medal.
At the 2009 World Junior Championships in Canada, Schroeder established the American record for most career assists at the tournament with 15. The youngest player on the team, Schroeder was named the player of the game in a match against the Czech Republic, and led the Americans in scoring with 11 points.
On December 23, 2009, Schroeder was named to the American team for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, his third straight appearance at the World Junior Championships. The only player on the American team to play in two previous World Junior tournaments, Schroeder was also the first player from the University of Minnesota to participate in three tournaments. In a quarter-final match against Finland Schroeder notched three assists, including his 26th career point in the tournament, which surpassed Jeremy Roenick for the highest career total for an American. (NICE!) His 20 career assists was the third highest total in the history of the tournament. In the gold-medal game against Canada, Schroeder led the American team in shots on goal with six, scoring a goal on one of them. He finished with three goals and five assists in seven games as the Americans won the gold medal.
OK, allow me to revert to some video footage of Mr. Schroeder,
Canucks select Schroeder 22nd overall:
Watch his work ethic/playmaking abilities in this compilation:
Schroeder scores for the Canucks in preseason action Sept. 2011:
A Schroeder bio vid worth watching:
His fave player is Marc Savard? Well Savard is a super playmaker with also the hands to bag a few.
Kind of like this:
Go Schroeder go! Keep up the hard work.