Schroeder hasn't played an NHL game yet and people think he can become the 2nd line center, atleast Schneider played in the
NHL and he played better then Lu last year in the regular season AND the playoffs.
The only real knock I have against Lu is his mental toughness in the playoffs, something that Schneiders shown he can handle better so far.
If the reason behind giving CS the starter job is because he needs a chance to prove himself, what's even the point of trying to win cup? We might as well play Schroeder and Kassian over the Sedins.
Extreme, I know, but the logic behind starting him more is so just foolish. I can't even ascribe to media influence. People figured out what they wanted and then made up rather pointless arguments to justify it.
I don't think anyone even thought of replacing Kesler with Schroeder in any way until we realized we have no 2nd line center right now. The only reason Schroeder is being talked about is because of Kesler and Booth's injuries. And imho I think we want to give Kassian a chance so badly because we need to see the Coho trade being justified. At this point in time, it was one of the dumbest trades since the Nonis days. Maybe not impact-wise, but decision-wise.
Look, it's reasonable to question anyone's consistency, but to this day I have yet to see anyone come up with a waterproof argument and conclusive evidence that Luongo will buckle in the playoffs and only in the playoffs. Don't tell me none of your arguments on him is from the media. Stats show that Luongo has played well on average in the playoffs (same sv% as the reg. season) and also that he doesn't actually seem to be impacted very much by "big game" situations.
I mean, he's had way more epic saves and many more MVP-quality starts in the playoffs than anytime else. You can't accredit his blowouts from just his shortcomings. Is he also to blame for our so-called elite offense which posted a whopping 1.14gpg in the SCF?
Schneider looked ok in the playoffs vs the Kings. He wasn't anything special, either. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Nobody has any evidence that Schneider will do well as a starter, which entails actual mental exhaustion. You see him all politically correct and lovable, but wait until he either gets worshipped from his performance (a la Luongo in 06-07) or hated on jeered at.