Perhaps the most impressive part about Binghamton’s run to AHL’s Eastern Conference finals has been the play of Robin Lehner. After the season Barry Brust had in Bingo, it was hard to imagine Lehner was going to see much time in the playoffs, if any at all.
But with Bingo down 3-1 in their opening round series with the Monarchs, Lehner got his chance and he hasn’t looked back.
Since taking over for Brust in Round 1, Lehner has compiled an impressive 7-2 record. That includes three straight overtime wins to get the BSens out of the first round. He has also registered a 2.59 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
Not bad for a 19 year old kid getting his first taste of playoff hockey at the pro level.
Heading into this season there was a ton of hype around Lehner. He had been the best goalie in training camp two years in a row and even though he’s still a teenager, some Sens fans had this guy pegged as the instant savior. But like any young goalie, it was clear he was going to need some time to develop.
After an up and down year, Lehner has proven his worth in these playoffs and looks poised to assume the starter’s job in Bingo heading into next season. The kid deserves a ton of credit for the way he has handled this season and the effort he has put forward in the AHL playoffs.
And even though some fans may have to wait a little longer than they’d like, it’s pretty clear Robin Lehner is going to be a great goalie at the NHL level.
- Steve Lloyd of the Team 1200 has done a nice job laying out the Sens draft selections for next month’s draft. With Nashville eliminated last night, the Sens will pick 6th and 21st overall in the first round. Unless they decide to move one or both of those picks.
- If you haven’t done it yet, I suggest you book your spot on the Bingo Bus for May 21. We are expecting this one to fill up pretty fast after the success of the first trip. Click here for more information.
- Still got a good deal up in the Promo section for anyone looking for tickets for next season and a chance to secure access to All Star Games tickets. Click here to check it out.
- I was reading through the 2007 Sens media guide I won on the last Bingo trip and boy they sure don’t make trades like they used to. Check out this gem the Sens made on June 29, 1999. Senators receive Rob Zamuner , a second round pick in either 2000,2001 or 2002, cash and the right to host three exhibition games at a location of their choice as compensation from Tampa Bay for General Manager Rick Dudley and Andreas Johansson.