2006-07: John Lee split the season between Moorhead High School in Minnesota and the USHL’s Waterloo Blackhawks. John tallied 6 goals with 27 assists and 48 PIM in 23 games with Moorhead. In 27 USHL games, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was an even plus/minus. He played in nine playoff games with Waterloo and had 3 assists with 4 PIM and was +3. He committed to attending the University of Denver in 2008-09.
2007-08: Lee played a full USHL campaign with Waterloo. He scored 1 goal with 11 assists and was an even plus/minus with 106 PIM in 59 games. Lee had four assists in 11 playoff games and was -2 with 24 PIM.
2008-09: Lee played 39 games as a freshman at the University of Denver. He had 5 assists and was +2 with 38 PIM for a Denver team that won the WCHA regular season championship and was among the top-ranked teams in the country most of the year.
2009-10: As a sophomore, Lee moved into a full-time role and was the only Pioneer defenseman to play in all 41 games. He scored 2 goals, both in the WCHA tournament, with 10 assists and was +2 with 55 PIM. Denver repeated as wCHA regular season champions but lost three straight post-season games to end the year 27-10-4.
2010-11: Lee appeared in 39 of 42 games for the University of Denver as a junior – missing three games in November with a broken hand. Lee scored 3 goals, all on the power play, and had 9 assists. He had an even plus/minus with 32 PMs and was second on the Pioneers with 63 blocked shots. Denver was second in the WCHA behind North Dakota and lost to the Fighting Sioux in both the WCHA and NCAA Midwest Regional championship games.
Lee skates, passes and handles the puck well. He has a good shot, but could still use some work on positional play. He is a good defensive player who can hit and block shots, as well as getting on the score sheet from time to time. He can develop into an NHL blueliner, but he needs some seasoning before getting a good chance.
Lee graduated from Denver and has not yet been signed to a professional contract, though he did participate in the Panthers development camp over the summer. He has the two-way skills, size and skating ability to be successful at the pro level, though he does not have any standout skills or abilities. If he continues to develop physically and polishes the finer aspects of his game, he could become a serviceable professional player, but at this time his chances of making it the NHL appear slim.
Lee is unsigned and officially a UFA.