The Deke Squad - Issue No. 7: Lee's Success, Tavares' Gesture and GM Meetings

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Apr 2, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) reacts after scoring his first career goal during the first period of his first career game during the first period of an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1.  Anders Lee has really stepped it up since being called up. He has played 8 games and has 6 goals. In the absence of Tavares, and no one other than Okposo known as a scorer, Lee has really shone brightly.  What is his future with the Islanders?

EB: What a revelation this kid has become. Last year he came up and he played in 2 games. He had a goal and an assist. This year he has really gotten a chance to shine and he has. I think he could be a 2nd line player next year. I don’t think I am giving the kid 1st line minutes at this point, but this is great for a guy who was picked 152nd overall. Maybe this kid could be everything we hoped Josh Bailey would be.

CT: I don’t think we have to compare him to anyone. Lee will be Lee, and that can be a great thing. He has set up shop in front of opposing goaltenders, and he’s burying his chances playing on the first line alongside Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen. That’s encouraging.

Think about it. He’s recording first line production without John Tavares on the ice. Keep him on the second line, and hope that Lee can continue this next season. The Islanders would have the secondary scoring they had missed at crucial points throughout 2013-14.

Is Anders Lee the future alongside John Tavares, or should the Islanders keep him on a separate line?

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