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New York Islanders More Losers Than Winners

Nov 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) reacts as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) changes direction during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) reacts as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) changes direction during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Loser: Anders Lee

What the hell happened to Anders Lee? He has been a nonfactor, like most of the offense this year. He’s got just one goal and one assist through 16 games.

Here’s a guy who in his rookie year scored 25 goals and looked like he would be a problem for opposing teams as he regularly wreaked havoc in front of goalies.

He’s a shell of his former self, or his 2014 self that is. He dropped off last year but this year he’s basically a traffic cone on skates. He doesn’t skate well, he doesn’t shoot well, he’s not a great defender, his job is to be in the right place at the right time.

He’s just not drawing any scoring opportunities. At least it looks like Anders figured out that he should go back to the front of the net but he is not picking up the rebounds like he did a few years ago.

He’s a player who looks to have clearly regressed and virtually serves no purpose to this team. I don’t think anyone would cry if he got moved in a trade for a piece. Then again does Anders Lee even have value or is he just a 6’3” 225 pounder who can’t skate, shoot or play physical.

Next: Add the Shootout to the List of Failures This Season

He’s kind of just there, and he’s an expensive accessory at that along with the laundry list of other expensive decorations the Isles have. 

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