2008-09: Cole Schneider played for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in the North American Hockey League. A teammate of Chicago prospect Brandon Saad, he scored 17 goals with 16 assists in 42 games and was +19 with 12 penalty minutes. Mahoning Valley finished second in the North Division and reached the round robin round in the playoffs. Schneider scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.
2009-10: Schneider skated for the Topeka Roadrunners in his second NAHL season and was among the league’s leading goal scorers despite playing in just 29 games. He scored 25 goals with 14 assists and was +18 with 18 penalty minutes. Topeka finished first in the South Division and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Schneider scored 7 goals with 4 assists and was +8 with 20 penalty minutes. He committed to playing college hockey at the University of Connecticut in 2010-11.
2010-11: Schneider appeared in all 37 games for the Huskies as a freshman, leading UConn in scoring with 13 goals and 20 assists. His 33 points set a new school D-I scoring record for rookies. Schneider finished the season ranked second among all rookies in Atlantic Hockey with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 27 conference games and earned a spot on the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team. Schneider was named to the league’s All-Tournament team after posting a goal and an assist in the semi-finals versus RIT on March 18.
2011-12: Schneider signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in March 2012 and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators following his sophomore season at UConn. He had 2 assists and was -1 in 11 AHL games. Schneider appeared in 38 games as a sophomore; leading the Huskies in scoring for the second consecutive season. He scored 23 goals with 22 assists and was +7 with 35 penalty minutes. His 45 points and 23 goals were both school records. Connecticut finished eighth in Atlantic Hockey; sweeping ninth-place Canisius in a preliminary series before falling to Air Force in a three-game quarterfinal series. Schneider is just the third player in the program’s history, and the second in the Division I era, to sign with an NHL team.
2012-13: Schneider skated for Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton in his first pro season. He was the fourth-leading scorer for the Senators, scoring 17 goals with 18 assists in 60 games and finishing +19 with 37 penalty minutes. Binghamton finished second in the East Division and had the AHL’s fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Schneider was -2 with no points nor penalty minutes in three playoff games.
2013-14: Schneider was the third-leading scorer for Ottawa AHL affiliate Binghamton behind Mike Hoffman and Stephane Da Costa in his second pro season. He scored 20 goals with 34 assists and was +14 with 54 penalty minutes in 69 games. The Senators lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first-round playoff series after finishing first in the East Division in the regular season. Schneider had 2 assists with an even plus/minus and no penalties in four playoff games. He signed a one-year two-way contract with Ottawa in July 2014 as a restricted free agent.
2014-15: Schneider led the Binghamton Senators with 29 goals in his third AHL season. He had 29 assists to finish third in scoring on the team behind Shane Prince and Chris Wideman and was +3 with 14 penalty minutes in 69 games. The Senators missed the AHL playoffs, finishing third in the East Division. Schneider was re-signed to a one-year contract by Ottawa as a restricted free agent in July 2015.
Schneider is a versatile power forward who is most at home around the net. Not as naturally gifted as some of his teammates, he comes about his skills honestly—through hard work and determination. He doesn’t mind taking a bit of punishment to get the job done, regardless of which end of the rink he’s in. He has gotten stronger since first-arriving in Binghamton, and can get the puck to the net capably when under duress.
Schneider has gotten better every year, but did not have much of shot at making the NHL club in 2014-15 due to Ottawa’s suddenly deep farm system. His contract is up at the end of the season, so this may be the 25-year-old’s last chance to show that he deserves to stick around.