27-Year-Old Center – New York Islanders
Anders Lee Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Islanders on a four-year, $15 million contract in June 2015.
Lee registered two goals and three shots during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Lightning.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Itís not often that general managers and scouts enter the sixth round of an entry draft with the expectations of finding an impact player for their team. There is certainly hope, of course, which is why these rounds exist. The Islanders certainly found a diamond in the rough with top-six forward Lee being taken at No. 152 overall in 2009. The 26-year old winger took a bit of a dive in the goal-scoring department last season, lighting the lamp just 15 times after putting up 25 tallies in 2014-15. Entering this season, the latter is the expectation as he tries to shake off his inconsistencies from a year ago. Note, however, that Lee was an absolute ghost when the Islanders lost last year, tallying an unfathomable two points in 26 regulation losses despite finishing with 44 points. That being said, the Isles will certainly be looking to find ways to improve Leeís consistency this season, so donít rule out the Minnesota native knocking on the door of the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career.
After playing just 24 games across his first two NHL seasons, Lee emerged as one of the biggest surprises for the Islanders in 2015-16. After a productive career at Notre Dame, where he scored 116 points in 125 games, Lee turned opportunities playing alongside John Tavares into the second-highest goal output on the team. In 76 games, Lee scored 25 goals to go along with 16 assists. The 6-foot-3 Lee has a big body that he parks in front of the net and cleans up whatever rebounds may be available, leading to an efficient 12.7 shooting percentage, in line with his rate from the previous season despite taking three times more shots. After getting a new contract and garnering Calder Trophy votes, Lee will try and parlay his success from last season into another standout year.
How the Islanders handled Lee last season was once again perplexing. They buried him in the AHL for most of the season before calling him up for the last quarter of the season and saw him shine, scoring nine goals and 14 points. How the team handles their young players has been a huge question mark but this season the problem could be that with John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, and Frans Nielsen anchoring the top three lines there will only be room left for one other center. Lee will need to prove himself once again during training camp to avoid another trip to the AHL.
Lee actually played in two games for the Islanders at the end of last season, scoring a goal and assist. Lee proved offensively that he may be ready to play in the NHL, but he did have problems in the defensive end. Coming out of college, Lee may need a little bit more seasoning in the AHL to get used to professional hockey before he is ready to become a full-time member of the Islanders.
Lee is a top prospect for the Islanders but has elected to stay at Notre Dame for another season and fight for a national championship. He is at least one more year away from playing professional hockey. Keep an eye on him.
Lee has not yet turned pro as he is still playing at Notre Dame. Although Lee doesn't project to be a superstar, he has all the talent to be a solid second-line center in the NHL. He has good size, is defensively responsible, an asset on faceoffs, and can put the puck in the net. This combination makes him someone to watch in the next couple of years.