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New York Islanders Goaltending Upgrade Options for 2018-19

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Robin Lehner | Buffalo Sabres

Production

Record: 53 games played 14-26-9

Stats: 0.908SV%, 3.01GAA, 104GA%

Why Him?

There’s no doubt that Robin Lehner is an NHL starter. The big Swede is one of a few quality players in Buffalo right now. His stats aren’t great, but then again, neither are the players in front of him year after year.

He can easily start 50-60 games for the New York Islanders next season. He can also give something that neither Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss could give the Islanders last season. Average NHL goaltending

Put a good or half-decent team in front of Lehner and watch him flourish. Again, his stats from last season looked ok. But take a gander at the team in front of him. Sure, Jack Eichel is a great player. But that’s all Buffalo has.

Give him a top six that makes sense, like the Islanders and some half-decent defending and he’ll return something close to a 0.920SV% and 2.50GAA. Like he did two seasons ago.

Why Not?

Again, the stats. A 0.908SV% and 3.01GAA is about what Halak returned for the New York Islanders last season. Simply based on that the Islanders aren’t making an upgrade, which is the entire reason they’re looking for a goalie.

He’s also got a bit of an attitude. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing per se, but we know that the New York Islanders have a hard time dealing with those whom might have a…strong personality. See Josh Ho-Sang.

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