Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | March 3, 2012

Man of the Day 3/3: Robin Lehner

Robin Lehner

Born July 24, 1991 (age 20) in Gothenburg, Sweden

Goaltender in the Ottawa Senators organization

This kid’s got a hot glove for the Sens, to put it mildly. Robin’s dad Michael is the goaltending coach for Frolunda and has coached Henrik Lundqvist in the past (the odd thing is that Michael has never been a goaltender; he uses his martial arts skills in his coaching). Frolunda is where Robin started playing until he was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2009; from there he went to Canada to play in the OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. When their season was done, he went straight to the Binghamton Senators in the AHL. He made his debut with the B-Sens on October 15, 2010, but the next day he was called to Ottawa. He only played four minutes in the third period against Montreal, but he became the youngest Swedish goaltender to play in the NHL, booting Jhonas Enroth from that seat. He got his first start in January 2011 against the Islanders, and then went on to be named Calder Cup MVP after the B-Sens won that June.

Getting ready to deny Patrick Sharp's penalty shot.

But he can be naughty as well as talented, as evidenced during a game between the B-Sens and the Syracuse Crunch this past New Year’s Eve. There was a fight during the game, and Robin decided that maybe the opposing goalie wanted to get in on the action as well. Then it happened (watch when he begins to skate to the near end):

For that, he got a game misconduct and 3-game suspension for abuse of an official.

Robin’s been in the spotlight lately because he’s filling in for Craig Anderson, who can’t handle a knife or something (how do you cut your pinky making dinner?). He got his first NHL shutout against…well, just check for yourself. In only a handful of starts, he’s done very well for himself indeed. Given his age and his talent, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this guy regularly in Scotiabank Place before too long.

– Krista

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