2005-06: The top Swedish goaltender in the 2006 draft, Jhonas Enroth came off a strong season with Södertälje’s junior team and was among the top goalies in April at the U18 WJC in April. He is by many considered the top goalie prospect from Sweden since Henrik Lundqvist.
2006-07: Enroth spent most of the season with Sodertalje (Allsvenskan) where he posted a 1.61 GAA and a .937 save percentage (best in league). He also suited up for the Swedish National U20 squad, where he posted a 2.91 GAA and a 8.87 at the WJC.
2007-08: Enroth spent most of the season with Sodertalje (Elitserien), where he posted a 2.13 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He won several titles in the top Swedish league, including the Best GAA, Best Save Percentage and was one of four players to be nominated for Rookie of the Year. He also competed with Sweden’s National U20 and top teams; he won the Silver at the WJC, while posting a 2.33 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
2008-09: In his first season of North American hockey, the Swedish net-minder posted a 26-23-6 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He posted three shutouts this season, the first three of his pro career. He was selected by Atlant Moscow in the KHL draft, who will gain control of his rights if he chooses to head to Russia next season.
2009-10: A second season with Portland saw statistical improvements. However the highlight for young Jhonas was his NHL debut, appearing in one game for Buffalo and making 33 saves on 37 shots in a loss.
2010-11: Enroth saw significant action for Buffalo in Ryan Miller's absence during Buffalo's stretch playoff run after spending most of his third pro season in the AHL with Portland. With an NHL playoff berth on the line, the Sabres won five of the six games Enroth started and in the other gained a valuable point in an overtime loss at Washington. For the season, Enroth was 9-2 with two overtime losses and one shutout in 14 games with a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage. He made one NHL playoff appearance in relief of Miller, playing the last 17 minutes and stopping 8 of 9 shots when the Flyers dominated Buffalo in the decisive seventh game of their series. In 48 regular season games with Portland, Enroth was 20-7-2 with a 2.78 GAA and .912 save percentage. In the AHL playoffs he was 1-2 with a 2.77 GAA and .912 save percentage.
2011-12: Enroth played in 26 games for the Sabres as a backup to Ryan Miller in his first full NHL season – seeing extensive action in November when Miller was out with an injury. Enroth had wins in seven of his first eight decisions but received little offensive support in the second half of the season – failing to record a win in his last 11 starts (including three overtime losses). Overall, he finished the season 8-16 with four of the losses coming in overtime. He had 1 shutout with a 2.70 goals against and .917 save percentage.
What he lacks in size, he makes up for in sound technique and quick reflexes. He shows very good quickness, agility, and an excellent glove-side. Enroth is very consistent, and has shown the ability to carry his team in big games. He is one of the better young goaltending talents in the NHL, and he should get every opportunity to be an effective starter someday either in Buffalo or somewhere else.
With the trade of Ryan Miller, the starting role is now Enroth's to lose, at least for the next couple of seasons. Michal Neuvirth may provide some competition, however.