After a phenomenal regular season, Robin Lehner is putting together another stellar run for the New York Islanders. This time, in the playoffs.
The story of Robin Lehner has been one of my favorite for the New York Islanders this year. After a rocky year on and off the ice with Buffalo in 2017-2018, the Sabres decided to just cut ties with Lehner after the season.
He was an RFA so they could have traded him, instead, they thought it would just be best for them to move on. Lou Lamoriello was wise to give Lehner a one-year $1.5 million deal. The ultimate “prove it” deal.
Lehner has 100 percent proved himself and has exceeded any and all reasonable expectations for this year. The ceiling goal seemed to be; get back to a .920 save percentage. He finished the year with a .930 and a 2.13 goals against average. Blowing my wildest expectations out of the water.
He had an impressive six shutouts this year and has become one of the fan favorites. What he’s done in the playoffs is somehow even more impressive than overcoming addiction and depression, and his wildly impressive regular season.
Through three playoff games, he is putting up Godly numbers. He’s 3-0 with a .951 save percentage and a 1.62 goals against average. Pittsburgh has no answers for Lehner, and it’s part of the reason why the Islanders are up 3-0 in the series.
Yes, the defensive play has helped but that doesn’t discredit the Isles netminder. I mean just look at this save from Game 2:
At this point, I think it’s pretty fair to say that Lehner’s earned a second contract with the Islanders. He’s done everything that’s been asked of him and he’s been phenomenal. Forget about Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom for now.
Give Lehner a new deal at the end of the year and he’s your starter for the foreseeable future. One more gem from Lehner should put the Islanders into the second round, sooner rather than later.