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New York Islanders Robin Lehner Wins 2019 Masterton Trophy

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 18: Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders attends the nominee media availability at the Encore Las Vegas on June 18, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 18: Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders attends the nominee media availability at the Encore Las Vegas on June 18, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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He was the odds on favorite to win the award and he did. New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner is your 2019 Masterton Trophy winner.

Robin Lehner is the first New York Islanders player to win the Masterton Trophy since Mark Fitzpatrick won it back in 1992. Lehner was the odds on favorite to win the award and for good reason.

Just before the season started he went public with his mental health struggles and diagnosis (bipolar with PTSD and ADHD with trauma). It was an incredibly honest account of his life leading up to joining the Islanders.

No one knew what to expect from Lehner. Signing a single year $1.5 million deal in free agency, the expectation wasn’t that he’d light the league on fire. But he did.

The Favorite

With a -3333 odds of winning the Masterton award, Robin Lehner was above an beyond the favored choice to win. It would have been absolutely wild if Robin Lehner didn’t win the Masterton Trophy.

His competition for the award was worthy. San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton overcame a torn MCL and ACL and might be good to go for another five years.

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno missed time this year to take care of his two kids who became quite sick this season. Family matters more than hockey and Nick Foligno showed that this season.

But nothing could top Robin Lehner. The sheer publicity of his diagnosis and his comeback made it a headline story around the NHL for the entirety of the 2018-19 NHL season. It was inescapable. And that meant that it was on the tip of everyone tongues, from media to fans.

With the Masterton Trophy, Robin Lehner now adds a second trophy to go besides the Jennings trophy he and teammate Thomas Greiss shared. Can we sign him already?

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