Can Robin Lehner Be Good?
The theme for the 2018-19 New York Islanders season is “show me what you got”. A motto that perfectly applies to Islanders goalie Robin Lehner. Signed to a single year $1.5 million deal, he has to prove he can still be a starter or that he belongs in the NHL.
Last season Lehner had a terrible 3.01 GAA and .908 SV% in 53 games played (50 starts) for the Buffalo Sabres. To be fair to Lehner, that was a better stat line that the Isles former number one keeper, Jaroslav Halak. Halak held a 3.19 GAA and .908SV% last season.
The Islanders didn’t being Lehner in to be better than Halak at his worst. They brought Lehner in to try and get a goalie that can put up above average numbers in the NHL. Between 2015-16 and 2016-17 Lehner averaged 2.54 GAA and .922SV% for the Buffalo Sabres.
With Mitch Korn the Islanders will be able to surround Lehner with one of the best goalie minds in the business. Hopefully Lehner, who’s known as a bit of a hot head, can take the set back given to him by his former team and push forward with Korn to guide him.
The Islanders will play their part to help Lehner succeed, but will Lehner be able to reciprocate and play his part. If Lehner can get back to that .920SV% goalie, the Islanders immediately give themselves a great chance to make some noise in the Metropolitan Division this season.