Robin Lehner, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks for half of the season, finished sixth in the Vezina Trophy voting. Well done, Panda.
After a fantastic season that fell just short of going to the Stanley Cup Final, Robin Lehner was recognized, yet again, as a top goalie in the league. Lehner finished 6th in the Vezina Trophy Voting. He played really well for the Chicago Blackhawks and even better for the Vegas Golden Knights. He deserved to place higher, in my opinion.
Of course, Lehner would much rather have won a Stanley Cup, it’s still nice for him to be recognized as one of the best. Last season, Lehner was the runner-up in the Vezina Trophy voting, but trust me, he will win the trophy sooner or later.
Lehner is in the prime of his career. He has turned his career around as of late and is just getting better.
With the Blackhawks this season, Lehner was 16-10-5, with a .918 save percentage. With the Golden Knights, Lehner was 3-0-0, with a shutout, a .940 save percentage, and a 1.67 GAA. Along with his successful numbers with the Golden Knights, he had a playoff run that fans will remember for a very long time.
I believe Lehner has found his calling. The Golden Knights and Robin Lehner just fit well together. Lehner was 9-7 in the playoffs, with a .917 save percentage and a 1.99 GAA. He also got to knock out the team who traded him in the first round. It’s almost fitting for him to get revenge that quickly. It was a fun series with no hard feelings – us Hawks fans will always love Panda.
Even though there wasn’t a Stanley Cup Final appearance, he showed how great he can be as a goalie, if fans didn’t already know that. He’s very underrated. If you don’t know how great he is, now you know.
Not to knock any of the teams he’s played for, but Lehner has had the short end of the stick for most of his NHL career. He has finally landed with teams that will give him a chance to win a Stanley Cup, and there isn’t a more deserving guy, after the rough teams he helped keep competitive.
If there’s a place where Lehner will win a Stanley Cup and a Vezina Trophy, it’s likely going to be Vegas. For his sake, I’m hoping he gets a contract extension and can keep up the hard work he’s already put in.
This will go down as another goalie the Blackhawks just let go. It’s a bad trade and a mistake. Fans will watch him lift the Stanley Cup and wonder what could have been.
What a year for Lehner! Let’s see what he can do with a full year in Vegas.