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 New York Islanders 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.
On 3 July 2018, Lehner signed as a free agent to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the New York Islanders. On 8 October, Lehner became the first goaltender in the Islanders' history to post a shutout in his debut with the team, leading them to a 4–0 win over the San Jose Sharks.
On 6 April 2019, Lehner posted a 3–0 shutout over the Washington Capitals securing the William M. Jennings Trophy, which he shared with teammate Thomas Greiss. On 11 April, he recorded his first playoff win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lehner is currently a finalist for the NHL’s Vezina Trophy and Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The former is awarded annually the league's top goaltender who is "adjudged to be best at this position", and the latter is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Lehner shines as Isles sweep the Penguins April 17, 2019
Robin Lehner was named the 1st of the game last night, as the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1, taking the best-of-seven series in just four games. The 27-year-old netminder steered aside 32 of the 33 shots he faced in the win, making it the 3rd straight game that he has conceded just one goal to the competition. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden currently leads all goaltenders in wins (4), save percentage (.956) and GAA (1.47).
For more on Lehner, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Lehner’s new approach has him reaching new heights March 01, 2019
Robin Lehner is in the midst of his best season in the NHL, and much of it can be attributed to his new approach between the pipes. The 27-year-old netminder credits the new Islanders’ goaltending staff for his improvement, giving him the tools to understand angles and positioning, helping him better square up shooters. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden is well on his way to a new career-high in wins, despite making just 36 starts this season. He currently holds a record 20-10-5, while leading the entire NHL in both goals-against average (2.07), and save percentage (.931).
For more on Lehner, check out the nhl.com story here.
Lehner makes history in Islanders’ win October 09, 2018
Robin Lehner steered aside all 35 shots he faced Sunday afternoon – including 16 in the 3rd period -- guiding the New York Islanders to a 4-0 defeat of the San Jose Sharks. Signed by the Islanders over the summer, the Swedish-native became the first goalie in the team’s history to record a shutout in his debut.
For more on Lehner and the Islanders’ win, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Lehner named 3rd Star of the Week January 29, 2018
Robin Lehner was named the 3rd star of the week on Monday, after recording two shutouts in the two games he featured in. In steering aside all 63 shots he faced in his team’s two wins, the 26-year-old netminder became the first Sabre to receive a Star of the Week nomination this season. He also became the first Sabres’ goaltender to record back-to-back shutouts since February of 2012.
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Lehner guides Sabres to 2nd straight win with shutout October 25, 2017
Robin Lehner registered his 6th career shutout last night, helping the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 1-0. The 26-year-old goaltender turned aside all 32 shots he faced in the win, and would eventually be named 1st star of the contest.
For more on Lehner and the Sabres’ win, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Lehner signs one-year contract extension July 26, 2017
Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres came to terms on a new one-year contract on Tuesday, worth $4 million. The 26-year-old netminder is coming off a season in 2016-17 that saw him set new career-highs in games played (59), wins (23) and minutes (3418). He also placed 3rd in the NHL for most saves (1758) and was 12th in save percentage (.920).
For more on Lehner, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
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.