Lehner during the 2013 playoffs while a member of the Ottawa Senators
July 24, 1991 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||240 lb (110 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|NHL Draft||46th overall, 2009
Robin Lehner (born July 24, 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey 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. Ottawa sports media suggested that the "highly touted prospect" would provide a measure of stability and longevity to the Senators' goaltending, something the organization has rarely had since its inception.
In 2010, following a successful season in Sault Ste. Marie, the Senators organization informed the team that Lehner would not be returning, as he would begin his time with the Binghamton Senators for the 2010–11 season. 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.
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.
The 2013–14 season saw Lehner start the season in Ottawa for the first time after three years of tutelage in the AHL. "I’ve lived with my suitcase from hotel to hotel. Now you have a base and you can start something," he said of finally being a full-time NHL player. Observers began suggesting that he may be a future franchise-goalie in the NHL. On November 11, 2013, after posting a 3–0 record with a 1.33 goals against average (GAA) and .958 save percentage, Lehner was named the NHL's First Star of the Week.
On July 31, 2014, Lehner signed a three-year deal with the Senators worth $6.675 million.
Lehner has competed internationally for Sweden in the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, where Sweden placed fifth. He competed for starting goaltender at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York.
Lehner is a butterfly-style goalie who uses his large frame to his advantage. Despite his size, he remains quite mobile with good lateral movement. Following the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Senators' scouting staff described Lehner's style as very competitive with good technique and a willingness to aggressively challenges shooters. Team Sweden Head Coach Stephan Lundh described him as a "steady, calm person. He's very determined."
Robin's father Michael has helped coach New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and has had a big influence on both goaltender's playing styles. His father never played goaltender, so he would often use his son as a "guinea pig" for Lundqvist. Michael Lehner has done various forms of martial arts at an elite level and took his knowledge of movement over to goaltending. Michael Lehner is currently the goaltending coach for Frölunda HC, Lundqvist's and Robin Lehner's former team.
When longtime Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, he sold his house in Ottawa to Lehner. Lehner is a fan of melodic death metal and in particular Swedish band In Flames, who originate from Lehner's home town of Gothenburg. The band influenced the design on Lehner's mask.
Lehner and his wife welcomed their first child, son Lennox, on October 30, 2014.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||Frölunda HC||Swe U18||19||—||—||—||1147||34||6||1.78||—||4||—||—||243||15||0||3.70||—|
|2008–09||Frölunda HC||Swe Jr.||22||—||—||—||1318||67||1||3.05||.903||1||—||—||58||3||0||3.08||—|
|2008–09||Frölunda HC||Swe U18||2||—||—||—||117||5||0||2.56||—||7||—||—||438||19||0||2.60||—|
|2009–10||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||47||27||13||3||2574||120||5||2.80||.918||5||1||4||279||20||0||4.29||.874|
Awards and recognitions
- OHL Goalie of the Week (November 16–22, 2009)
- OHL Goalie of the Week (Jan 25–31, 2010)
- Recipient of Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, AHL Playoff "Most Valuable Player" (2011)
- Calder Cup Champion, Binghamton Senators (2011)
- "Binghamton Senators capture Calder Cup". The Sports Network. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
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- Uffe Bodin (October 17, 2010). "Lehner historisk i natt" (in Swedish).
- ASSOCIATED PRESS (January 14, 2011). "LEHNER GETS WIN IN FIRST START, SENS TOP ISLES IN HIGH-SCORER". tsn.ca. The Sports Network. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
- "Pens defeat Sens". The Sports Network. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- LeBrun, Pierre (September 27, 2013). "Look for the kid to push the vet in Ottawa". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- The Canadian Press (November 11, 2013). "Sens' Lehner named NHL's 1st star after 3-0 week". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- Robb, Peter (July 31, 2014). "Ottawa Senators sign Robin Lehner to a three-year contract". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
- "Sens trade Lehner, Legwand to Sabres". The Sports Network. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
- Gunning, Holly (April 26, 2009). "2009 prospects: Robin Lehner". hockeysfuture.com. Hockey's Future. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Friday Four: Farewell to Alfredsson, love for Sabres http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=34514
- Don Brennan (2014-11-20). "Senators goalie Robin Lehner juggling fatherhood, consistency between the pipes". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2015-05-19.