As the Sabres continue to flounder and the natives get increasingly restless, two narratives surface around Robin Lehner:
1) He's not very good
This is always going to be in the eye of the beholder, but statistically, he's been better than average.
Among goalies who have played at least 20 games, he's 14th in GAA and 8th in SP.
For the fancy-stat lovers, he's eighth in something called Goals Saved Above Average, which basically measures how well a goalie does at keeping his team in games.
He's also 8th in Goals Against Percentage, 8th in Quality Start Percentage and has had just two Really Bad Starts (yes, this is a statistic)
(Explanations here: http://www.hockey-re...7_goalies.html)
2) Tim Murray gave up way too much for him
There are two ways of looking at this:
Looking at the prices paid in recent years for touted young/emerging goalies:
Looking at the performances of goalies recently on the market relative to their cost:
- He's been an above-average to good NHL starter based on the numbers
- We paid a premium for him, but not an exorbitant one: going rate for a goalie of his profile appears to be a late 1st to early 2nd
- He's performing as well as any other goalie available, and significantly better than all but four of them. Jones and Andersen are posting similar numbers at a similar price, Talbot and Johnson are performing as well at a cheaper price.
Edited by dudacek, 02 January 2017 - 02:08 PM.