2007-08: Mike Lee played out his junior year at Roseau High School in Minnesota. Complied a 27-2-0 record, including 12 shutouts, a 1.10 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Backstopped the Rams into the postseason, but suffered a groin injury.
2008-09: Lee joined the Fargo Force in the USHL. Named to the USHL’s Western Division All-Star Team. He earned goaltender of the week honors Nov. 10-17. On the international front, he played for Team USA’s gold medal squad at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge. He was the top goaltender in the tournament, posting a 4-0 record, 1.75 goals against average and .933 save percentage.
Lee had a good showing in front of the NHL scouts gathered in Fargo for the U18s.
2009-10: Lee shared the goaltending duties for St. Cloud State with Capitals’ prospect Dan Dunn; appearing in 26 games as a freshman for the Huskies. He was also one of the goalies for the gold medal-winning USA team at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Lee was 12-9-3 playing in tandem with Dunn, with his two biggest wins coming in the WCHA and NCAA West regional semifinals.In the WCHA semifinals the Huskies shutout Wisconsin, with Lee making 37 saves and he was in net for St. Cloud’s two overtime win over Northern Michigan in NCAA tournament play. Wisconsin exacted some revenge in the NCAA West final; chasing Lee with three first period goals. Lee had a similar experience at the junior tournament – finishing 4-0 in five games with a 2.50 GAA and .907 save percentage. However, he was replaced in the gold medal game after allowing 3 goals on 7 shots and Jack Campbell finished the game in the USA’s overtime win.
2010-11: Lee took over as the prime starter for St. Cloud State as a sophomore, with senior Dan Dunn appearing in just 10 games. In what ended up being a re-building year for the Huskies, he was 12-14-4 with one shutout. Lee had a 2.75 GAA and .910 save percentage in 32 games. The Huskies finished tied with Alaska-Anchorage for eighth in the WCHA and lost back-to-back games to eventual NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth, the second in triple overtime, in the first round of the WCHA tournament.
2011-12: Lee signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in March 2012 following his junior season at St. Cloud State. After playing five games in October he underwent hip surgery that kept him out of the Huskies lineup until February. In 16 games for St. Cloud State he was 8-6-2, including a shutout of Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, and had a 2.23 goals against and .930 save percentage. The Huskies finished sixth in the WCHA and lost to North Dakota in the playoff quarterfinals.
2012-13: Lee appeared in 15 AHL games with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Portland and played for the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators in his first pro season. Playing behind veteran Chad Johnson and fellow Phoenix prospect Mark Visentin with Portland, he was 9-6-0 with a 2.72 goals against and .915 save percentage. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round. Johnson started all three playoff games. Lee was 14-12-1 with 2 shutouts in 28 ECHL games with Gwinnett and had a 2.35 goals against and .911 save percentage.
A technically sound goalie who brings solid positioning and a fundamental approach to the crease. Lee has good rebound control and is at his best when he remains square to the shooter and gives himself a good line of sight at the puck.
After a stellar collegiate career, Lee moved up to a limited backup role with the Portland Pirates of the AHL in 2012-13. He was not used often but that did not take away from him being decent when he made appearances. As Chad Johnson moves on to the Bruins organization, it looks like Lee and Mark Visentin will be the young tandem in goal for Portland in 2013-14.