Lee finished the 2017-18 season with 40 goals and 22 points for the Islanders. Lee was a mainstay on the top line with John Tavares. He's not the most graceful skater in the NHL and doesn't have the hardest shot, but he knows how to position his big body in front of the opposing net for deflections and rebounds. If Tavares re-signs with the Islanders then Lee should once again approach similar numbers next season, but if Tavares departs, his numbers could tumble.
Lee scored two goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Lightning. Lee was one of three Islanders to post a two-goal performance, but that still wasn't enough to keep pace with Tampa Bay's high-powered offense, which ended up sticking Lee with a minus-1 rating. He's up to 38 goals this season -- just six behind Alex Ovechkin's league-leading total. Five of those tallies have come in the past three games.
Lee scored two power-play goals and recorded a minus-1 rating in a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday. This game was a microcosm of Lee's 2017-18 season. With his two goals, he set a new career high of 35 goals and 11 power-play scores. However, he dropped to minus-19, which is a career worst. Fortunately, plus/minus is weighted as heavily in most formats as it used to be, making Lee an asset in all settings.
Lee supplied a goal and an assist at even strength Saturday, but the Islanders lost to the Penguins 3-2 in overtime. After averaging a point per game in the first half of the season, Lee has slowed down dramatically, securing at least one goal or assist in just 40 percent of his 27 appearances in 2018. However, he's still averaging a career-high 3:06 of power-play ice time to complement 16 points in that special teams situation to the benefit of his fantasy owners.
Lee scored a goal, recorded an assist and registered four shots during Monday's 5-3 loss to Minnesota. This was Lee's first multi-point showing since Dec. 29, and he collected just five goals and two assists during the 22-game drought in between. The dry spell also had him off the top line for stretches, but Lee's been back with John Tavares and Josh Bailey of late, and the trio has now connected for a high-end 5.27 goals per 60 minutes this season. It wouldn't be shocking if this breakout showing kick-started another offensive surge from the American winger.
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