Five of the best late-round draft picks in NY Islanders history

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Anders Lee

Anders Lee
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The 2009 draft probably will go down as one of the Islanders better drafts in the past 20 years. However, one of the better valued picks of that draft was Anders Lee. The Islanders captain was a sixth round draft pick after many teams were unsure of Lee’s future, since he was also a star quarterback in high school. Eventually he stuck with hockey, and became a huge part for Notre Dame’s hockey program. Once he transitioned to the pros, Lee turned into one of the Islanders’ efficient goal scorers, eclipsing the 30 goal mark twice, and once in the 40s. He’s also a fan favorite, winning over the hearts of fans after an ugly divorce with former captain John Tavares. Through his 10 year career on the Island, Lee has posted 240 career goals in 678 games and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.