Winners, losers and steals of the NHL Draft
JUN 27, 4:55p ET | NESN.com
Rotowire: Jun 26 / 7:46a ET
News: Lehner was traded from the Senators to the Sabres on Friday along with forward David Legwand in exchange for the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Impact: Lehner started 24 games for the Senators last season, going 9-12-3 with a 3.02 GAA before a concussion ended his season early. Though Lehner remains an intriguing prospect, the presence of Craig Anderson in net and the second-half emergence of Andrew Hammond made him expendable in Ottawa. In Buffalo, Lehner is now the clear frontrunner for top netminding duties, though he'll still have to fend off Chad Johnson for the role. Lehner doesn't exactly fit the bill of an experienced No. 1 goalie the Sabres had wanted, but he nonetheless gives the team a netminder with some intriguing upside. He'll get a slight fantasy boost due to his increased role in Buffalo, but since the Sabres aren't expected to be playoff contenders next year, wins may often prove elusive.
StatsLLC: Jun 26 / 12:00a ET
News: The Buffalo Sabres have traded their second of two first-round draft picks to Ottawa to acquire Lehner and forward David Legwand. The trade was announced Friday morning, hours before the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida.
Impact: Buffalo dealt the No. 21 pick to Ottawa to land Lehner, who immediately has an opportunity to take over the starting job. The 23-year-old has a 30-26-15 record in 86 career NHL games. Lehner was expendable in Ottawa, after Andrew Hammond was called up midseason and led the Senators' push to make the playoffs.
Rotowire: Jun 8 / 7:46a ET
News: Lehner indicated last week that he was no longer feeling the effects of a concussion and should enjoy a relatively normal offseason, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: The offseason should be normal in terms of Lehner's training and preparation for the upcoming season, but his future with the Senators remains on shaky ground. After the re-signing of Andrew Hammond and the addition of college goalie prospect Matt O'Connor, the Senators have a surplus of netminders on the roster, which will almost certainly lead the club to trade one of Lehner or Craig Anderson this summer, Garrioch reports. Seven teams have reportedly already inquired about Anderson and Lehner, though the younger (and less expensive) Lehner is believed to be the more attractive goalie in the eyes of potential suitors. Still only 23 years old, Lehner could be a reasonable long-term solution in the net for a number of teams.