Top AHLers ready to contribute in NHL
February, 27, 2013
By Corey Pronman | ESPN Insider
Christopher Pasatieri/Getty ImagesFrederik Andersen is another stud in a deep Anaheim goalie stable.When the Ottawa Senators lost goaltender Craig Anderson -- a potential Vezina Trophy candidate -- to injury with a sprained ankle, they turned to the AHL to fill the void. While losing Anderson is certainly a big blow, the Sens enjoy some organizational depth that can ease the blow, including call-up Robin Lehner.
Lehner, the Sens' second-round pick in 2009, has been absolutely spectacular, posting a .938 save percentage in 31 games this season in the AHL. The praise for him from NHL sources is very high, with some saying he can be a star goaltender, a comment you normally don't hear for goalies seeing as that is usually a position that requires a conservative approach to project. Lehner is a big goalie, measuring at 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds, and a source describes him as a goaltender "who moves like a small man. You simply can't score on down low."