2015-16 Season: An errant shot ended Anders Lee’s season with three games to go, as the Islanders forward broke his fibula against the New York Rangers, causing him to miss the Islanders entire playoff run.
Prior to that, Lee had put up 15 goals and 36 points, down from his 25-goal, 41-point season the year before, but still enough for fifth on the team in goals. The numbers don’t tell the whole story, as Lee’s presence in front of the net - setting screens and creating traffic - helped create offense both on the power play and at even strength.
Highlight Reel Moment: Anders Lee throws down Kris Letang and scores vs. Penguins (Mar. 8, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Lee’s injury was just a case of bad luck. Standing in front of the net with pucks flying by is an inherently risky job, but that’s Lee’s bread-and-butter and he plans on posting up there again next season. His size (6’3, 228 lbs.), athleticism and hands in tight make him the Islanders best option in front of the net - as evidenced by his throw down of Kris Letang last season. The downturn in goals could be as simple as fewer pucks hitting him in front, but he’s playing his game the right way.
A goal scorer by trade, Lee finished every season from 2009-2015 with more goals than assists, save for a 17G, 17A season at Notre Dame in 2011-12 and this past season. The Islanders are counting on him to be one of the team’s top finishers again this season.