New York Islanders Draftees: Current v Playing Elsewhere
Left Wing: Anders Lee/Nino Niederreiter
Before breaking out this season with 34 goals, Anders Lee looked like a fine middle tier hockey player. The type of guy that can compliment a lineup, but not one that could form its core.
But this season we saw exactly what Anders Lee can do. His hand-eye coordination is unbelievable, deflecting shots that he has absolutely no business doing.
Taken in the sixth round, scouts weren’t even sure Anders Lee would play hockey so no one took a chance on him. Until the Isles came calling at number 152. A full 60 picks after Casey Cizikas.
Nino Niederreiter was a first round pick in 2010. But it turns out he didn’t like being sent to the AHL, being placed on the fourth line, and not generally being given the right opportunity to flourish.
He didn’t like the Isles way of developing prospects. A process that has yet to prove that it’s the right way. So, the Isles sent him to Minnesota after he asked for a trade.
Where, with significantly more ice time and an attacking role, he’s put up 173 points over four seasons.