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Canucks ink former first-round draft pick, others

The Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, have signed goaltender Cory Schneider. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Schneider, 21, signed his first pro contract after being selected by Vancouver in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Marblehead, Mass., played the last three seasons with Boston College, compiling a career record of 65-25-7 in 97 appearances. Among his list of accomplishments in the 2006-07 season include finishing first in the NCAA in wins, saves and minutes played, earning five Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors and being named the Most Outstanding Player at the Northeast Regional in the NCAA tournament.

Schneider guided Boston College to the NCAA Frozen Four Final in 2006-07 with a record of 29-12-1. The backstop also helped lead his team to become Hockey East Champions with a .925 save percentage and 2.15 goals against average. Schneider holds the BC school record for shutouts in a single season (8) and the single-season record for saves (1,088), both set in 2005-06.

Schneider’s international experience includes representing the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia and at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships. He also earned a silver medal at the Under-18 World Championship in 2003-04.

The Canucks also announced the signings of forwards Brad Moran, Jason Jaffray, Brad Isbister and Greg Classen.

Moran, 28, played 69 games with the Moose last season, recording 25 goals, 47 assists and 52 penalty minutes. His 72 regular-season points and 11 playoff points ranked second on the Moose in team scoring. He also played three games with the Canucks recording one assist and two penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games with the Moose, Moran recorded 11 points (5g, 6a) and 12 penalty minutes.

In 403 career AHL games with Manitoba and Syracuse, Moran has recorded 123 goals and 190 assists for 313 points.

Jaffray, 26, appeared in 77 games for the Moose in 2006-07, ranking sixth in the AHL in scoring with a team-high 81 points (35 goals, 46 assists). He was named a Second Team AHL All-Star and represented Manitoba at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic. Jaffray also led the Moose in scoring during the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs with 13 points (6g, 7a) and six penalty minutes.

Jaffray has recorded 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points in 201 career AHL contests.

Isbister, 30, joins the Canucks after recording 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 43 AHL games between Albany and Hartford in 2006-07. He also tallied five points (1g, 4a) in 19 NHL contests with the New York Rangers, and skated in four Stanley Cup Playoff games as well.

In 486 career NHL games, Isbister has registered 100 goals and 111 assists for 211 points.

Classen, 30, joins the Canucks after spending the 2006-07 with Hamburg of the German Hockey League. In 50 games played, Classen registered 35 points (9g, 26a) and 70 penalty minutes. Prior to 2006-07, Classen had appeared in 90 career NHL games, all with the Nashville Predators, recording 17 points (7g, 10a) and 48 PIM.

Classen has tallied 64 goals and 87 assists for 151 points in 224 AHL games, all with Milwaukee. He won a Calder Cup with the Admirals in 2004 and returned to the Finals with them in 2006.