Lee hasn't returned much on the Islanders' investment in him this season, producing only 20 goals, 23 assists and a plus-8 rating in 68 games. These are not the numbers the Islanders or Lee expected when Lee signed a seven-year, $49 million contract last July. The problem is that Lee is not anything more than an average skater or puck handler and doesn't possess a hard shot either. What Lee does well is park his body in front of the net and use his size to his advantage. The problem is that with the lack of offensive talent on the Islanders, that big body in front of the net isn't the advantage it used to be, especially since the Isles lost John Tavares to free agency and haven't been able to come anywhere near replacing his level of talent.
Lee posted an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks. The 29-year-old winger has a modest three-game point streak with a goal and two helpers in that span. Lee is up to 43 points (20 tallies, 23 assists), 195 shots, 102 hits and 47 PIM through 58 contests this season. A top-line role and solid physicality will likely maintain Lee's status as a solid option for fantasy owners.
Per Andrew Gross of Newsday, Lee (personal) participated in morning skate, which indicates he'll be in the lineup for Tuesday's clash with the Canadiens. Lee missed Monday's practice to be present for the birth of his first child, but he was always expected to be available for Tuesday's tilt. The 29-year-old Minnesotan, who's notched 19 goals and 40 points in 64 games this campaign, will skate on the Islanders' top line and first power-play unit against Montreal.
Lee (personal) didn't practice with the Islanders on Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Coach Barry Trotz stated Monday that Lee missed practice due to personal reasons and is expected to play Tuesday versus Montreal. Lee will once again play on the top line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. After signing a seven-year, $49 million contract in July, Lee has been a disappointment this season with only 19 goals and 40 points in 64 games.
Lee scored twice and added an assist in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Sharks. He also registered four shots and two hits. Lee picked up each of the Islanders' first two goals and passed up the chance at the hat trick when he set up Josh Bailey's empty-netter late in the game. After a brief four-game dry spell, Lee has rolled up five points (two goals, three assists) over the last two. His next tally will put him at the 20-goal mark for the fourth straight year.
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