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    Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by Riprock on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:14 pm

    Interview with Ottawa Senators 2009 Draft Pick (46th overall), and
    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goaltender, Robin Lehner. (conducted by
    Steve Dash, February 8th, 2010)


    Steve: I would like
    to first of thank Robin for giving us his time to answer all of our
    questions. I would also like to thank all the members from GMhockey and
    HFBoards who submitted questions. If your questions were not asked, I do
    apologize, but donít worry, there will be other opportunities to ask
    them.


    Robin: Iím gonna try to answer as good as I
    can and I hope you guys are happy with it.


    What areas of your
    game do you feel requires the most work? (- Gohan)

    I have to keep
    working on my angles and my positioning. Iíve gotten better but still
    have a long way to go. I try to stay calm when players chirp me and want
    to get me off my game.

    Do you consider practicing your stick
    work and passing to be an essential skill, ala Marty Brodeur? (- Gohan)

    I
    would like to be better on my stick but its hard when they took away
    the space behind the net. I will practise it alot more when I feel
    everything else is in place in my game. To be good with the stick is awesome but I think stopping the puck is my first priority to practise
    right now.

    Have you talked to any of the current members of the Senators, or have
    you done research regarding the sometimes intense level of pressure that
    goes hand in hand with playing goal for a Canadian team in the NHL?
    Does it intimidate you at all, or is it something as an athlete that you
    thrive in? (- SpezDispenser)

    I havenít talked to anyone in
    Ottawa about it but I know that itís alot of pressure to be a goalie
    here. Iíve talked to my goalie coach in the Soo about it and I
    experience it in the Soo in a smaller scale. One day you are their star
    the other day they will boo you from the stands  But I like that!! That
    is what will make you work harder. And Iím trying to learn not to care
    what anyone is thinking about me except the people I care about and my
    team.

    When did you decide you wanted to be a goaltender, did your
    father get you into it or did you decide as a young man that was what
    you wanted to be? (- SensGirl11)

    I played soccer in Sweden as a
    goalie and I wasnít that good Razz One day my father asked me if I wanted to try hockey as a
    goalie because he had a friend that sold goalie equipment for Vaughn. So
    I tried it one week at a hockey school the summer I was turning 11. Since then I have loved it.

    Who is your favorite all time NHL
    goaltender? Who would you compare yourself to style-wise? (- SensGirl11)

    My
    favourite all time goalie is Patrick Roy! And my favourite right now is
    Miikka Kiprusoff. Stylewise itís Henrik Lundqvist but Iím trying to
    learn to be as calm and smart as Miikka.

    Are you aiming to move into the AHL next season, or are you
    looking to take the starter's job in Ottawa? (- hemlock)

    Haha
    this is a fun questionÖ I think next year is what I make it to be. If I
    donít believe that I have the potential to be there I wonít!! But if I
    believe in it I will have a greater chance to be where I want to be.

    Have you been given any nicknames yet by your teammates, or do
    you have any nicknames and what are they? (- Michallica)

    My team
    calls me Lenny. My coach said to a paper that he called me Real Estate
    but they never said that to me ever. Thatís a bad name, haha!! My billet
    is calling me Sven because Iím from Sweden.

    When you were at camp with the Senators, did Eli Wilson try to teach you
    how to lose your net and over challenge the shooters ? (- RobbyJ)

    No
    Eli was a really good coach I think he taught you the basics and he
    wanted me to be aggressive. I never heard him say to anyone to over
    challenge the shooter. I think he was good.

    What were the factors in your decision to play in the OHL vs.
    staying in Sweden? (- marakh)

    Why I left Sweden was because I
    needed change. And my team in Sweden was really pissing me off. And a
    big factor was that when I played in Canada with the national teams I
    loved the hockey here. Ottawa and my agent wanted me to do it to, but I
    really wanted to come over in the first place.

    How do you deal with pressure situations in a game? (- SensGirl11)

    I
    try not to think about it and just keep doing what Iím good at.
    Sometimes I try to get angry because Iím more focused then. A little
    weird but it works.

    Do you have any pre-game rituals? (- SensGirl11)

    No pregame
    rituals - not that kind of person. I believe that good practise make you
    good in games not which skate you put on first or a specific meal to
    eat before a game.

    Who is your best friend in hockey? (-
    SensGirl11)

    I have a lot of good friends in hockey. Itís hard to
    pick one but I got alot of new friends in the Soo.

    Who is your
    favorite athlete in another sport? (- SensGirl11)

    Zlatan
    Ibrahimovic (Swedish soccer player) and Usain Bolt.

    Have you talked with the Sens about who you are going to room with when
    you make the NHL? (- SensGirl11)

    Havenít talked to Sens that
    much.

    When you were chosen to be Sweden's 3rd goaltender at
    the WJC, did you realize there was a chance that you'd lose out on
    valuable practice time? Has it effected your decision to play for the
    WJC next year? (- SpezDispenser)

    I didnít realize that because
    they promised me Iíd get good practise. But I didnít get more than 4-5
    times and on those I didnít get anything. I was really disappointed how
    they treated me there. It effected me alot back in the Soo. I dropped
    down from a 92.5 save % to 91.1%. But Iím starting to climb back now.

    Are
    you superstitious and how would you describe your routine before game
    time? (- Hobiesens)

    No, not really. I come in to the game about 2
    hrs before the game. I try to relax and talk to my defense a little and
    then start focusing on the game. I usually listen to little bit of
    music before.

    Do you plan on turning pro next season, and what does it mean to you
    being drafted by the Senators, especially considering the former
    Frolunda players in Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson and recent
    Swedish picks (Silfverberg and Petersson??) (- SensVenom)

    Iím
    gonna try to do my best to play on the best level but we will see how
    far that will take me. To get drafted by the Sens was awesome, because I
    have always liked Alfredsson and I knew Karlsson before. Itís fun that
    are a couple of Swedes on the team too.

    What's the best thing
    about playing in Canada? (- Garblar)

    The fans for sure!! I like
    the country alot too. Nice people and nature too.

    What's the hardest part about being in Canada instead of Sweden? (-
    Garblar)

    My family and girlfriend!! I have a 5 year old sister
    that I miss alot!! I miss alot of my friends too.

    How much of
    an adjustment has it been for you moving from Sweden over to Canada? ( -
    Dejong)

    Not that much. The English is new for me to speak every
    day but other than that not that much.

    Do you have any goals
    in mind for the rest of this season or for next season? (- Dejong)

    This
    season I want to go as far as I can in the playoffs and try to get
    better at the Canadian North American hockey.

    Outside of
    hockey what are some things you enjoy doing during the offseason? (-
    Dejong)

    Being with my friends and just having fun. I like to play
    paintball and play videogames.

    How much of an impact has your father had on your development?
    (- Manny)

    Without my father I wouldnít be here today!! He has
    helped me alot with my game. Almost everything I do on the ice we have
    done that together. My mom has always been in the background helping me
    too.

    If you're comfortable with it, would you rank these from
    highest to lowest in what you feel is your best to worst attributes? (-
    Xspyrit)

    I dont know how to rate it but I need more work on my
    glove, angles and little bit on my reflexes. But to take the step to the
    next level I need to improve everything. Itís hard to rate it, sorry.

    What
    was your pre-season experience like playing against the
    Montreal Canadiens? Was there something different about shooters at the
    professional level that stood out? (- TheHMan)

    To play Montreal
    was awesome!! Itís sick that they had so many fans in the preseason. It
    was a good experience for me. About the shooters... everything was
    faster and harder.

    Have you given any thought to the images and design that you will
    ask
    for on your first NHL helmet? If yes, can you proide us with a sneak
    peak along with what those images/design mean to you? (- ElliottRules)

    I
    will have the logo on of course but I think I will have a good friend
    that hurt himself badly in a bike accident back from home.

    Who
    is your favourite NHL player. (- ElliottRules)

    Alexander
    Ovechkin!

    If you could be invloved in a shoot out with any NHL
    player, who would it be and why? (- ElliottRules)

    Pavel Datsyuk,
    because he is one of the most skilled at shootouts and it would be a
    great challenge!

    What is/are your favourite:

    MOVIE(S): Gladiator,
    Blindside, Transformers, Boondock Saints, 300
    MUSICIAN(S): 50
    Cent, Tupac, a couple of Swedish rappers, Eminem, Inflames, Metallica,
    Akon and Biggie Smalls.
    BOOKS/MAGAZINES: Donít read Razz But I like car magazines.
    HOBBIES: I paint a
    little and play alot of games. I like to scubadive.
    CAR:
    Bugatti Veyron

    What might you spend your first NHL paycheque on?
    I donít
    know probably a car

    Do you expect to be in Bingo next season
    or just challenge for a spot in Bingo? (- Capín Clutch)

    I donít
    expect anything. I have to work for it.

    If you could rank a skill in order of importance to your game would you put instinct or positioning higher? (- MurderonIce)
    I put instinct higher than positioning, because if you have
    good instinct you can be one step ahead. If you just go on positioning
    the players read you and they can be one step ahead. But you have to
    have a balance between both.

    What have the coaching staff asked you to focus on in preparation for the next level? (- MurderonIce)
    Just work on my flexibility
    and try to improve everything.

    Are the women in Sweden as hot as we are lead to believe? (- MurderonIce)
    Swedish girls are awesome!!! But you find nice girls everywhere.

    What are your s impressions of North American Hockey and has the
    smaller ice surface changed your game?
    (- TheAvatar)
    On the smaller ice you
    have to be ready alot more and there is alot more traffic!! Back in
    Sweden its more open hockey. Here you just try to shoot alot and run the
    net so you have to really work on all the details.


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    Re: Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by LeCaptain on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:19 pm

    Woow that was fast... is he That bored inthere ?
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    Re: Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by Riprock on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:20 pm

    He was able to answer a few more questions that originally got missed, so I put them at the end there.

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    Post by Guest on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:23 pm

    I Diddling love this kid.
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    Re: Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by LeCaptain on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:24 pm

    Humble, focused, calm and hardworking. He's the real Diddling deal.

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    Post by Guest on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:26 pm

    marakh wrote:Humble, focused, calm and hardworking. He's the real Diddling deal.

    Borders on cocky but I love that in a goaltender. Humble in the sense he knows where he comes from and appriciates what he has. Hockey wise, no shot and I love it.

    Who says his old team was pissing him off, hahaha. That might be the greatest thing Ive ever heard. Just straight out says it, again, I love it.
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    Post by LeCaptain on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:27 pm

    "Sometimes I try to get angry because Iím more focused then"

    Lol. Awesome.
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    Re: Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:29 pm

    Very nice Dash. Thanks for that and thanks to Robin Lehner for answering all those questions. That was fantastic. I also love the answer to my question. I didn't even think about the wording I used there. Nice attitude about his chances of moving up to the next level. :KKK:


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    Post by Guest on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:29 pm

    Guess he just thinks about his old team. So glad The Sens drafted this kid as I was screaming out loud on draft day to take him in the 2nd round... lost it when they did! Sens got such a nice piece here that can take his time like Lundqvist did and make an impact in a big way sooner rather then later.

    Frolunda should change their name to The Sens.
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    Re: Robin Lehner Interview

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:33 pm

    N4L wrote:
    marakh wrote:Humble, focused, calm and hardworking. He's the real Diddling deal.

    Borders on cocky but I love that in a goaltender. Humble in the sense he knows where he comes from and appriciates what he has. Hockey wise, no shot and I love it.

    Who says his old team was pissing him off, hahaha. That might be the greatest thing Ive ever heard. Just straight out says it, again, I love it.

    Yeah. I liked that too. surprised a little but still loved it.


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    N4L wrote:
    marakh wrote:Humble, focused, calm and hardworking. He's the real Diddling deal.

    Borders on cocky but I love that in a goaltender. Humble in the sense he knows where he comes from and appriciates what he has. Hockey wise, no shot and I love it.

    Who says his old team was pissing him off, hahaha. That might be the greatest thing Ive ever heard. Just straight out says it, again, I love it.

    Yeah, that's what I meant to say actually. For sure, hockey-wise he's like Karlsson, haha. So awesome.
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    Post by SensGirl11 on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:08 pm

    This is awesome!! Thanks Dash for asking our questions, and thanks Robin for answering!! I really appreciate it!
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    Robin, if you're reading, thanks a lot for this, you already have a big fan base in Ottawa, we all look forward to seeing you in Sens colors!!
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    Post by PTFlea on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:11 pm

    I donít expect anything. I have to work for it.

    Diddling brilliant, I love this guy. So candid, so prepared to work hard to be an Ottawa Senator sooner rather than later.

    If you're reading this: Thank you Robin! It meant a lot to us here at GMHockey to get a sneak peak at what is already one of our favourite prospects!!! I also like that he admitted he wasn't pleased with the way he was handled at the WJC. Some guys wouldn't have the guts to say anything.
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    Post by Hoff-Machine on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:33 pm

    Sweet. Thanks for this! He sounds confident in not only his ability, but the senators as well. Really feels like he has faith they'll do what's best for him.
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