“That’s what this league is all about, to give guys an opportunity to play.”
Schwab’s new job focuses on the mental part of a goaltender’s game almost as much, if not more, than the actual physical side.
“Most goalies coming up now are pretty technically sound,” said Schwab, who will tutor Tampa Bay contract goalie Jon Boutin and third-year Chiefs netminder David Currie. “The biggest thing they need to work on is developing mental toughness and the mental strength that no matter what happens in a game or a series of games, they can recover from it.”
Boutin and Currie each had solid outings on Wednesday. Each allowed a goal in regulation and fared well during 10 shootout rounds.
“These are still young kids playing in a man’s game,” Schwab said. “The biggest thing for a goalie is to be able to develop that mental toughness and be able to deal with whatever happens.”
A lot can happen in net. Schwab should know. He worked his way up the minor-league ladder until he had an opportunity with the Devils, who selected him in the 10th round of the 1990 NHL Draft.
“After Utica, I was fortunate to go to a good team in Cincinnati, and we did fairly well in the playoffs,” Schwab said. “I had success at that level and the confidence that I gained helped me in the years that followed.
“I spent the first four years in the minors before I ever played a game in the NHL. Nobody is counted out whether you’re in this league or the American Hockey League.”
Notes: The Black squad beat the White squad 2-1 after a 10-round shootout on Wednesday. Veteran Dmitri Tarabrin scored in regulation for the White, while all-star Jean Desrochers netted a goal for the Black. ... In the shootout, Steve Cygan made a move in front of Boutin, then slipped the puck through his five-hole in the second round for the White. Desrochers used a backhander to beat Currie in the fourth round for the Black, and Jeremy Downs tallied the game-winner. ... The Chiefs and Wheeling Nailers will play an exhibition game at 7 tonight at Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg. Coach Frank Anzalone said he will dress 20 players for the game.