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.
Schneider is a power forward with good size that really excels around the net. He possesses good net presence and is willing to pay a price to score goals. Many of his scores have come as a result of his around, whether they are tip-ins, off deflections or rebounds. While Schneider is not an overly physical player, he has shown a willingness to play the body when necessary. The added size that Schneider gained over the summer prior to his sophomore season has vastly improved his ability to fend off opposing defenders, protect the puck and work more effectively in areas such as the corners and boards.
He is an excellent skater with good speed that can drive hard to the net. And along with his great on-ice vision and stick work, Schneider has the ability to make things happen whenever he's on the ice, whether it is in scoring goals or setting plays.
While Schneider's defensive side is good, it is also one of his weakest areas. He is a very good shot-blocker, but needs to be able to make quicker decisions, especially in the transition game to be effective at the pro level.
Schneider signed a two-year contract with the Senators and will play in the AHL for the 2013-14 season.