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Who could lead the Islanders in goals in 2022-23?

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Anders Lee, Casey DeSmith
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Anders Lee

Lee is more of an obvious pick considering his history and the type of player he is, so it comes as no surprise that the captain could be the one that puts the most pucks in the back of the opponents' nets.

What may come to some fans' surprise is the low amount of power-play production he has had over the past few seasons.

This past season, he rebounded from only having 3 PPGs and 1 assist in 2020-21, as well as only scoring 2 PPGs the year prior to that while still playing in 68 games. In 2021-22, he scored 9 of his 28 goals on the man advantage.

In Lee's case, it's not to figure out where he could be best placed on the power play. He is always willing to go to the front of the net and screen the goalie and is one of the best at redirecting pucks in the entire league. Getting dirty near the blue paint is where he finds the most success, and many of us remember when he scored 40 goals doing just that in 2017-18. If he continues to be that net-front presence, he could threaten that mark again if he stays healthy.

Lee commonly plays on the first line, centered by Mat Barzal, and they have connected well over the years. With Barzal heading into a contract season, he could be the beneficiary of some great offensive production on that line, especially if they find the right piece to add on the right-wing.

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