What a ride for Robin Lehner.
The Ottawa Senators prospect ended his season on a high, helping Binghamton to the Calder Cup title after missing the playoffs for five consecutive seasons.
Taking over the goaltending duties from starter Barry Brust after falling behind 3-1 in Binghamton’s opening series against the Manchester Monarchs, Lehner didn’t look back.
The Swedish netminder struggled at the NHL level this season, posting a 1-4 record with a 3.52 goals against average and an .888 save percentage. Those struggles didn’t carry over to the baby-Senators, who had a 10-8-0-2 record with a 2.70 goals against and a .912 save percentage.
But it was the playoffs that Lehner really shone.
After relieving Brust, the six-foot-four netminder posting a 14-4 record with a 2.10 goals against average and .939 save percentage, including three shutouts, en route to capturing the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.
Not back for a goaltender in his first professional season in North America.
And the perfect end to his rollercoaster ride.
Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter. For all the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed, on YouTube and on Facebook!