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

By Matt O'Leary
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, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 26: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders laughs after scuffling with Brandon Crawley #73 of the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2018 in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

19: Anders Lee signs six-year $42 million extension

Over the past two seasons, Anders Lee has been an extremely effective goal scorer. He’s had 74 goals since the 2016-2017 season got underway which puts him right towards the top in the entire league.

Due to that production, Lee deserves to be rewarded. He’s on the final year of a four-year $15 million ($3.75 million) AAV deal. That’s been a steal for the past two seasons as Lee has developed into the best power forward in the sport.

For comparison, we’ll look at what James van Riemsdyk just signed. He got five-years $35 million from the Flyers so a comparable AAV and an extra year seems about right for when pinpointing Anders Lee’s value.

If he does ink an extension, which I’m predicting comes at some point this season, he should be considered as the next captain of the franchise. He does wonders on and off the ice for the club.

By the time the trade deadline comes, Anders will be inked to a new deal. Just like what we saw with Josh Bailey last year.

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