After a slow and inconsistent start to the season, Sabres net minder Robin Lehner has won four of his last five starts and has climbed back up to the .500 mark on the season with a 12-12-5 record. For the first time this season, it appears that Lehner has found his confidence.
A major reason as to why Lehner has improved this season is simply due to the fact that he has avoided injury. In 2015-16, he appeared in just 21 games due to a high ankle sprain, which lingered throughout the duration of the season.
Standing at 6’4” and 239 lbs, the 25 year old has the ideal size that Sabres General Manager Tim Murray covets at the position.
Two aspects that help elevate his game are his size and positioning. Lehner makes it difficult for opponents because he is very aggressive and likes to challenge opposing shooters. The Gothenburg, Sweden product has a goal against average of 2.57 and a respectable save percentage of .920.
At times, Lehner tends to struggle with his rebound control, allowing for more quality scoring chances for his opponents. If he can continue to improve this aspect of his game, and work on his movement as well, there is no doubt that Lehner has what it takes to be a starting goalie at the NHL level.
With 34 games remaining, the Sabres will need Lehner to continue his string of recent success if they hope on making the postseason for the first time since 2010-11 season.