This is what it comes down to for a prospect. Owning responsibility for your play, good and bad.
“I didn’t think he would come that fast and I got a little bit panicked and made a mistake. If you make a mistake, it ends up in the net,” said Lehner.
In his first x season game, Lehner was a stand-out, for all the right reasons. In his second, he was a stand-out for all the wrong ones. That “deer in the headlights” move behind the net was, well, rookie. Apropos. But what wasn’t rookie was his recovery, and his attitude about the play. He owned it. He will learn from it, and admitted he has more to learn. If nothing else, that one statement, and its inherent reality, make Lehners’ x season a raving success.
Lehner wasn’t going to make this club out of camp, barring spectacular play, and 2 goaltender injuries, I’m sure he knew that. Did he float through camp, resigned to his fate? Nope. Did he crack under the pressure of doing whatever he could to prove himself ready? Nope. Did he walk around with a “I’m a future #1” swagger, but nothing to back it up? Nope. He worked hard, played extremely well, and owned up to his play, good and bad.
I just hope the rest of the prospects took note, because Lehner is an example to be followed.