We finished our player grades for the 2013 season on Friday, but that was just nine jerks talking about what they think--and it was a lot of information to talk about. So, we figured why not give our readers a chance to cast their votes? And with that in mind, we present our Your say series!
Robin Lehner Recap
Robin Lehner posted a 2.20 GAA and a .936 save percentage, the latter putting him second in the NHL and, if not for games played minimums, would be the 6th-best season in NHL history. Very impressive numbers, especially for someone in his first full season in the league. He dominated the AHL, matching his NHL statistics despite a second half where his top defencemen kept ending up in the league above him. When Craig Anderson went down with an injury, Lehner got the call-up. He never went back down.
Lehner's one real flaw was his record: 5-3-4. Despite only allowing 27 goals in his 12 appearances, he couldn't put together many wins, largely because the depleted team in front of him could only score 32 goals. In his first five games, he didn't put up a save percentage lower than .933, yet suffered four overtime losses. A 4-2 loss to Buffalo was the only game he had a save percentage lower than .900 all season, as much a testament to Lehner's performance as to the lack of depth on Ottawa's defence.
He finished the season 13th in Calder Trophy voting with a third and a fourth-place vote, the highest ranking of any goaltender.
Bonus Classic Stat: Lehner played all five games against the Bruins (a whopping 42% of his starts), going 1-2-2. He was 4-1-2 against non-Boston teams. Of his 22 career NHL starts, 7 have been against the Bruins.
Highest grade: A+
Lowest grade: B+
What did you think of Robin Lehner's season?