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New York Islanders: 25 Bold Predictions For 2018-2019 Season

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 22: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders reacts during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

10: Anders Lee finishes top-10 in goals

Last year for the first time in his career Anders Lee eclipsed the 40 goal mark. Almost no one has been more productive than Anders Lee when it comes to goal scoring in the NHL.

Lee’s now the best power forward, and he will continue to play like one in 2018-2019 giving him a chance to be in the top-10 in the league in goal scoring. Last year, with 40 goals he was seventh, behind Connor McDavid.

The one thing that’ll change for Lee this year is his linemates. Lee will likely play on the second line as Anthony Beauvillier will stick with Mathew Barzal on the top line for the New York Islanders.

So playing alongside Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson, Lee should be given plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net. That’s just talking about five on five, Lee should continue to be a force on the power play also.

On a very good power play unit, Lee had 14 goals. This unit can be even better than last year’s so to expect him to finish with 38-42 goals (what it would likely take to crack the top-10 isn’t crazy. If he does that he’ll become a very rich man this July.

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