Anders Lee
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Anders Lee

Hometown:

Edina Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (152nd overall), 2009

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: After two successful years at St. Thomas Academy, Anders Lee transferred to Edina. He enjoyed a stellar junior campaign at Edina High School, where he played alongside Edina’s two junior sensations Zach Budish and Marshall Everson.  Lee finished third on the Hornet roster in scoring with 54 points (32 goals, 22 assists) in 31 appearances. His 32 goals were second on the team and he averaged 1.74 points per game. Among the accolades Lee received included a spot on the Pioneer Press All-State First Team and an honorable mention to the AP All-State team. Lee, who has carried a near 4.0 GPA at Edina this season in addition to his excellence on the ice, garnered considerable interest from a number of D-I schools, most notably from Harvard. Passed over in the draft in 2008.

2008-09: Lee was one of the top scorers in Minnesota high school hockey – scoring 25 goals with 59 assists in 31 games as a senior for Edina. The Hornets won the AA consolation final after reaching the AA final the previous year. Playing in the pre-season Upper Midwest Elite League, Lee scored 12 goals with 17 assists in 18 games for Team Southwest. Lee committed to attending the University of Notre Dame in 2010-11.

2009-10: Lee was the leading scorer for the Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. Lee scored 35 goals with 31 assists and was a team-best +38 with 54 PMs in 59 games and was chosen for the 2010 All-Star Game. Lee was named Playoff MVP after scoring 10 goals with 12 assists and finishing +10 in 12 playoff contests.

2010-11: Lee was the second-leading scorer for Notre Dame as a freshman as the Fighting Irish were one of the turnaround stories in college hockey – finishing second in the CCHA after finishing ninth the previous year. Lee scored a team-leading 24 goals with 20 assists and his 44 points were topped only by fellow freshman T.J. Tynan (CBS) who had 54 points. Lee skated in all 44 games for the Fighting Irish and was +19 with 16 PMs. After falling in the CCHA playoff semifinals and consolation games Notre Dame rebounded to capture the NCAA Northeast Region and advanced to the Frozen Four, losing to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in a semifinal game.

2011-12: Lee was the second-leading scorer for Notre Dame as a sophomore. He scored 17 goals with 17 assists and was minus-one with 24 penalty minutes. Seven of his goals came on the Notre Dame power play. The Fighting Irish finished eighth in the CCHA; reaching the tournament quarterfinals against Michigan after defeating Ohio State in an opening round series.

2012-13: Lee made his NHL debut in two games for the Islanders after signing a two-year entry-level contract with New York in April 2013 following his junior season at Notre Dame. He scored a goal in his first game, a 5-2 win over Winnipeg on April 2nd and had an assist against Tampa Bay four days later. Lee was -3 with no penalty minutes and averaged 8:12 minutes of ice time. He was with the Islanders during their playoff series with Pittsburgh but did not play in any games. Lee was Notre Dame’s leading scorer in his final season of college hockey – scoring 20 goals with 18 assists in 41 games and was +18 with 37 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish won the final CCHA playoff championship after finishing second to Miami in the regular season. Notre Dame lost to St. Cloud State in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

2013-14: Lee provided a jolt of goal scoring for the Islanders after being recalled from AHL affiliate Bridgeport at the end of February. He scored two third period goals against Toronto in his first game, a 5-4 overtime win, and had six goals with four assists in his first 12 games. Despite a 12-game goalless slump he finished with 9 goals and 5 assists in 22 games and was plus-3 with 14 penalty minutes. Lee led Bridgeport with 22 goals and had 19 assists in 54 AHL games; finishing plus-1 with 83 penalty minutes. He scored nine of his 22 goals on the Sound Tigers’ power play. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs. Lee was re-signed to a one year contract by the Islanders as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Lee has proven to be the epitome of a streak scorer thus far in his pro career. A big player who is exceedingly fast and strong on his skates and quite mobile with great balance and agility, Lee utilizes his large frame, strength and long reach. He is a difficult player to move off of the puck and can power his way through opposition checks. Lee is very strong along the boards and in the corners. He has a very heavy shot and gets pucks to the net.

Future

Lee, after the impressive start to his NHL career late last season with the Islanders, was back with AHL affiliate Bridgeport to start the 2014-15 season before being re-called after five games with the Sound Tigers. Skating in a lower line role with the Islanders and seeing limited ice time, he had two goals in his first 11 games, well off the numbers he put up in his first 11 games last spring. Long-term, Lee may not match the output of his initial stint with the Islanders but he should be solid contributer that is capable of playing a two-way, physical game.

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