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Sweden names Sabres' Lehner to World Cup team

Robin Lehner's previous season ended with ankle surgery. His next one will start with the World Cup of Hockey.

Sweden announced the final seven players for its World Cup team Friday, and the Sabres goaltender was one of them. Lehner will compete for playing time with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Jacob Markstrom of the Vancouver Canucks.

The 24-year-old played in just 21 games last season because of ankle injuries, but he showed he could play at an All-Star level when he went to the crease. Lehner posted a .924 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average while going 5-9-3 for the Sabres.

Lehner's season ended in March after having surgery on an ankle he badly sprained during the season opener.

“I’m very happy now knowing everything is taken care of in my foot,” he said on locker-cleanout day in April. “It’s rehab, then a full summer of working out coming into next season.”

The season will start earlier than planned. The World Cup will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.

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