Anders Lee will undergo ACL surgery this week and miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season, as confirmed by New York Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello on Wednesday morning.
"Anders Lee will undergo surgery this week and will be out for the season," Lamoriello said. "We feel that he will be ready for next season, we have all indications of that. Also knowing the character and discipline of Anders and the rehab that he will be so diligent at, he will be ready for next season."
While Lee will be sidelined for the remainder of this season, Lamoriello assured his confidence that the Islanders' captain will undergo a successful recovery and will be ready to go to start the 2021-22 campaign.
"The doctors are extremely comfortable with 100% recovery," Lamoriello said. "Because of the type of injury that he has - it is an ACL - the rehab will not be as bad as a lot of ACL injuries are because there is nothing outstanding other than the ACL."
Lee sustained the injury on March 11 after colliding with New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha. Lee was immediately escorted off of the ice and subsequently placed on the team's LTIR on March 14, retroactive on March 11.
Prior to the injury, Lee was leading the Islanders with his team-high 12 goals. Through 27 games, the 30-year-old winger had totaled 19 points (12G, 7A) including three power-play goals. With the injury, Lee had his 295-consecutive game iron man streak snapped. The streak was the third-longest ironman streak in franchise history, behind Bobby Nystrom and Billy Harris.
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