Jhonas Enroth is suddenly a star in Sweden. He’s met members of the royal family and been cheered by tens of thousands in the King’s Garden after winning the world championships this week.

Back in Buffalo, Enroth remains a backup goaltender. It’ll be that way as long as Ryan Miller is in town.

Miller’s residency is in doubt, however, so Enroth could inherit the starting role he’s long coveted.

“I’m ready,” he said.

Enroth wants the Sabres to feel confident he can play on a nightly basis. He’ll be 25 years old next season and has spent five years in the organization. He’s certain he has matured into a starting goalie.

He took another huge step this month. Enroth was named the top goaltender at the world championships after leading Sweden to the gold medal. He went 5-2-1 with a 1.15 goals-against average and .956 save percentage as the co-hosts knocked off Canada, Finland and Switzerland in the elimination round.

“I’ve been growing a lot,” Enroth said. “I want to play more. My goal is to be a starter one year in the NHL, and right now Ryan is the starter here. It’s kind of hard to take the job from him here, but we’ll see what happens.”

Enroth has shown signs he’s ready. His numbers, in fact, are similar to the ones recorded by Miller this season and at the same stage of their careers:

• Miller went 17-17-5 this year with a 2.81 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. Enroth was 4-4-1 with a 2.60 and .919.

• Enroth has played 53 games in the NHL, with a 21-18-7 record, 2.72 GAA and .914 save percentage. Through his first 53 games, Miller was 30-19-4 with a 2.67 and .906.

“I feel pretty comfortable when I get back-to-back starts and stuff like that, so I think I’m ready,” Enroth said. “I learned a lot from this season, and from last season, too. You always learn from experience, and I’m just trying to build on this season for next year.”

The impressive showing in Sweden was a carryover from his time in Buffalo. He closed the season with a stellar nine-game run. If he hadn’t, he might not have started anywhere.

Enroth had a 15-month winless skid weighing on him when he skated into the crease March 7 in New Jersey. Another subpar showing might have gotten him booted from the NHL.

“Honestly, I probably was backed up to a wall there that night,” Enroth said. “I needed a good effort that night, so I’m pretty happy I came out strong.”