NHL PLAYER, Robin Lehner
Born Jul 24, 1991 -- Gothenburg, Sweden
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 2 #46 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Robin Lehner (born July 24, 1991) is a Swedish professional goaltender currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lehner was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was the recipient of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs with the champion Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.
Lehner started playing hockey relatively late at ten years old. He had previously played soccer. He began playing hockey with Mölndal IF, and in only seven years he became one of the top Swedish goaltenders in his age group. Lehner played for Frölunda HC until the 2008–09 season. After being drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he moved to Canada to play with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
On March 29, 2010, Lehner signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators. Lehner won his first NHL start when Ottawa defeated the New York Islanders 6–4 on January 13, 2011. On June 7, 2011, Lehner was awarded the 2011 Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL's Calder Cup Most Valuable Player with the champion Binghamton Senators.
Lehner made his AHL debut on October 15, 2010. The next day, Lehner was called up to Ottawa due to an injury to Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut playing four minutes in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens that night. With that debut at 19 years, two months and 24 days, Lehner became the youngest Swedish goaltender to play in the NHL, breaking Jhonas Enroth's record of 21 years, four months and 13 days.
On May 17, 2013, Lehner made his Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins, stopping 20 of 21 shots in relief of starter Craig Anderson.
On July 31, 2014, Lehner signed a three-year deal with the Senators worth $6.675 million.
On June 26, 2015, Lehner and David Legwand were traded by the Senators to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Lehner named 3rd star in Sabres’ win April 06, 2017
Robin Lehner steered aside 31 of the 32 shots he faced last night, as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-1. The Swedish-born goalie has faired well in his first full season as Buffalo's No. 1 starter. Through 58 games, Lehner ranks 11th in save percentage (.920), 3rd in shots against (1873), and 6th in goalie point shares (12.6).
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.
Lehner helps guide Sabres to victory October 31, 2016
Robin Lehner made 37 saves last night, backstopping the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. After shutting out the Jets through 2 periods, the 25-year-old goalie was at his best in the 3rd period, conceding just one goal on seventeen shots. In five starts this season, Lehner has a record of 2-2-1 with a save percentage of .913 and a goals against average of 2.61.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.