Goaltender Robin Lehner is going to get a chance to chase after a title.
The Senators’ top prospect has been given permission by GM Bryan Murray to play for Sweden at the world juniors in Buffalo later this month, and he’s excited about the prospect.
The Swedes had to agree Lehner, who will leave Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton on Dec. 18, would be their No. 1 goalie in the tournament before the Senators would allow him to go.
“It’s really fun. It’s a great tournament and there’s a lot of good guys this year,” Lehner said Friday. “I’m really looking forward to getting the chance. I’m going to try to bring something to the team.
“It’s going to be a good experience. That was one of my goals (to play for Sweden). You never know when you’re over here. You try to play at the level you’re (capable) and I’m going there to compete for playing games.”
Lehner, 19, has only suited up for seven games with Binghamton this season.
He has a 1-5-0 record, but missed a long stretch because he was dressed as the backup with Ottawa for three weeks.
“This is going to be fun because it’s a great group of guys,” said Lehner.
“They’re having a training camp back in Sweden, but this will give me a chance to win a medal and I definitely want the experience.”