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New York Islanders: Top 3 Players To Show Improvement

By Matt O'Leary
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 17, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) advances the puck during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

Anders Lee

Anders Lee had a very impressive rookie year with the Islanders in 2014-2015. He put up 41 points, 25 goals 16 assists, in his first full year in the league. He followed that up with a less impressive sophomore season.

His point total dropped to 36 and 10 goals were shaved off his total from the previous year. Lee seemed like a different player, and he wasn’t getting the scrappy goals that he was in the previous season.

I expect Lee’s point a goal total to increase in 2016-2017. Lee will either be playing on the second or third line that is yet to be determined.He won’t be playing with John Tavares but I don’t think that will necessarily hurt his scoring chances.

Lee is not a very good skater and he doesn’t have a particularly good shot, but he does something that not many Islanders do. He’s at his best when he parks himself in front of the net. At 6’3″ and nearly 230 lbs he’s a tough guy to clear out.

Lee will get his scoring chances on deflections and juicy rebounds. The Islanders missed his presence in the playoffs and his game will bounce back to the form it was in his rookie year. Maybe he doesn’t net 25 goals, but 20 sounds like a doable number.

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