By this point, many are aware that Robin Lehner is nearly 40 pounds lighter and amped up for the 2016-17 NHL season. He’s locked in as the team’s No. 1 starter as the Sabres will open their season against the Montreal Canadiens on October 13.
Lehner still has a lot to prove as his doubters are out there, especially after his injury-plagued season last year.
He spoke with WGR 550 on Friday morning and is not only looking forward to the season starting, but searching for results.
“We want results this year. It’s an absolute waste if we don’t make the playoffs. If we all rise up, we can make it.” – Robin Lehner
It’s an encouraging sign of confidence from a 25-year-old goaltender who has yet to start a postseason game in his NHL career.
Still, Lehner said he believes the team is ready to take the next step. After a 27-point improvement in the standings was a big jump last year, the Sabres will need around another 12-point increase if they hope to see the postseason this year.
Success of the team may very well ride on the performance of the 6’5″ Swede.