Anders Lee is off to a slow start with just five goals for the New York Islanders. Don’t worry, he’s heated up after Thanksgiving before and can do it again.
With just five goals this year, and none in the last 11 games, Anders Lee is about as ice-cold as you can get. The New York Islanders could use their captain to start finding the back of the net and I’m here to tell you why that’s certainly possible.
If you flashback to 2015-2016 Anders Lee had the worst year of his professional career. He had just 15 goals and 36 points after an impressive 25 goal season in his first full year in the league. At the start of the following season, it appeared he was going to do the same thing.
Lee had just one goal heading into Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Just one in 18 games, and then he exploded. He had two goals on Big Wednesday and added another on Black Friday. He’d go on a stretch scoring seven goals in eight games.
By the time the season came to a close, Anders Lee had 34 goals to his name, 33 of them coming in his final 63 games of the season. Now, why do I think Anders Lee can do something to that effect again this year? The power play.
The Islanders power play is ranked 19th in the league in power-play percentage. It’s not great but it’s certainly an improvement over last year’s unit.
Over the last three previous seasons, Anders Lee has 33 goals on the power play averaging 11 per season. So far in 2019-2020 Anders Lee has zero power-play goals. That’s going to change.
With 19 shots in the last five games, the goals are going to start to come and they’ll come in bunches. Lee’s on pace for just 18 goals, maybe 30 is out of the question for this year but we should see that pace get to at least 25 by the time the season is over.
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It’s been a tough start but don’t worry about the captain just yet. If he keeps getting a high volume of shots on goal then the goals will eventually come.