In 2017-2018 Anders Lee improved on his career year from 2016-17 with the New York Islanders. For the first time in his career, he was a 40 goal scorer.
In 2016-17 Anders Lee established himself as a premier goal scorer for the New York Islanders. He eclipsed the 30 goal mark for the first time in his career. The big thing for him was if he’d be able to repeat his career year.
He didn’t do that. He eclipsed any and all expectations in 2017-2018 with the Islanders this year.
He was a part of the impressive Lee – Tavares – Bailey line. For the second year in a row that line was one of the more productive top lines in the league.
This past year Lee got off to a hot start and he didn’t slow down. For the first time in his career, he played 82 games. In those 82 games, he put up 62 points (40 goals, 22 assists). Over the past two years, he put up 72 goals which was fifth most in the league.
With 17:16 a night it was the most ice time he’s ever gotten and he made the other teams paid.
For the first time in his career, he had a sub-50 CF%. He came in with a 48 CF% which was the lowest of his career. Possession numbers wise the top line didn’t put up great numbers but production wise, they were fantastic.
Lee had a fantastic season and exceeded any and all expectations set out for him this year. At just $3.75 million a year, his contract is fantastic. A 40 goal scorer at that value for the first line is unbelievable.
His season grade is an A. There’s no way we can justify him giving anything less than an A. his production went up and he’s on one of the most team-friendly deals in the NHL.