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Get to Know an Islander: Anders Lee

As part of the build-up to the first-round playoff series between the Capitals and the Islanders, Japers' Rink will be looking at some of the important but perhaps lesser-known players on the Islanders and how they might impact the series.

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Anders Lee

#27/ Left Wing/ New York Islanders

6-3 |  227 |  Jul 3, 1990

Edina, MN |  152nd, 2009 (Islanders)

Assets Has great size for the center position at the National Hockey League level. Also owns plenty of intriguing scoring upside.
Flaws Needs to improve his play without the puck in order to maximize his upside for the highest level. Must also use his body more effectively.
Career Potential Big scoring forward with upside. (Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

Career Rolling Corsi-For Percentage:

Lee CF%

HERO Chart (via Own The Puck):


2015 Islanders Player Usage:

Lee Usage

Why you should know who he is: Lee had a 25-goal (technically) rookie season in 2014-15, with three of those goals coming in four games against the Caps, including this one, on which he easily out-muscled now-former Cap Jack Hillen in front of the net:

And this one, on which he somehow got wide open in some pretty nice real estate:

And this one, from a now-familiar area of the ice:

You get the point - those three goals had a total shot distance of 32 feet, officially. He's looks to be the type of power-forward that NHL general managers have coveted forever - an effective shot-generator and finisher, who's strong along the boards and in front of the net and can handle himself when things get a little rough:

Lee has had a bunch of different linemates lately, but provides solid secondary scoring regardless. He may well be the Isles' "X-factor," so you should know who he is... even if you can't remember his name.

How the Caps can stop him: The Caps defenders will need to do a good job of tying up Lee's stick in front and move him when necessary. This is, ostensibly, what the Caps brought Brooks Orpik in to do, but assuming that Lee is on the second line and Barry Trotz uses Orpik and John Carlson against the John Tavares line, it'll be on Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner to shutdown Lee and friends, which is actually a match-up that worked out pretty well for the Caps during the regular season... that third video clip above notwithstanding.