Throughout the next month plus, we’ll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that contributed to it. That’s what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series. Read them all here.
1-1-2 in 2 games
Most often seen: not really all that much, actually
Contract status: signed through 2013-14, $900k salary in 2012-13 ($1.75M cap hit)
Obligatory YouTube video of: first NHL goal
Thoughts on 2012-13: It’s hard to really review Anders Lee, who played only two games for the Islanders last season — at point per game pace! — so instead of writing about his season and grading it, here are some general thoughts about Lee’s past year and future.
Lee left school a bit early and signed with the Islanders on April 1st. Lighthouse Hockey has a great breakdown on how that wasn’t always a sure thing. Lee spent a year in the USHL before heading to Notre Dame, so he could have been a free agent on June 1st of this year. The Islanders were able to entice Lee into staying with the club and one of the ways they did it was to use up a year of his contract. That’s why Lee was in the NHL at the end of the year and played two games. He gets a signing bonus, a couple fat NHL paychecks and is a year closer to his second NHL contract. That’s good for Lee, because he gets to his second contract sooner and, potentially, a bigger payday comes a year earlier.
This year, he joins a large group of forwards trying to make a roster that could have only one extra spot on it. He’ll likely start the year in Bridgeport but could get a call up when/if any injuries hit the NHL lineup. The question this year is can he adjust to the pro game and, if so, how quickly?
As far was where he fits into the lineup, he’s played at both center and left wing in college, but he’ll almost surely be brought up as a wing in the Islanders system. The Islanders have enough centers, but it’s certainly good flexibility for the team that he could potentially play either position.
One last fact about Lee; he’s already 23, which is kind of crazy because that makes him the same age as Josh Bailey at the moment (Bailey turns 24 in October).
Add your thoughts and post-season grades in the comments.