At 6′ 4″ Robin Lehner is an imposing figure back in the nets for the Ottawa Senators. Previously a soccer player, Lehner was a latecomer to hockey, starting at the age of ten in Sweden. In roughly seven years, Lehner had become a top prospect and one of the best goalies in his age bracket.
He was drafted by the Senators 46th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and subsequently moved to Canada and began playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.
By 2010, after a season with the Greyhounds, Lehner was promoted to the Binghamton Senators and was touted as a strong prospect to help solidify the Sens goalline.
He played 40 games with Binghamton, registering 2 shoutouts and a .907 save percentage. Despite being recalled to Ottawa on two occasions, playing in five games, he returned to the AHL and was later awarded the Jack Butterfield trophy as the AHL’s MVP during the 2011 Calder Cup while with Binghamton.
With the recent trade of goalie Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lehner has returned to the NHL and is playing backup in goal behind veteran Craig Anderson.