News: 7 days agoPer Brian Compton of NHL.com, Lee (knee) will be ready for the start of the season.
Spin: Lee underwent surgery to repair his injured ACL in mid-March, but he's been skating on his own since June, and he's been cleared to participate in the Islanders' upcoming training camp, so he should be close to 100 percent healthy for the Islanders' first game of the season Oct. 14 versus Carolina. The 31-year-old pivot picked up 12 goals and 19 points through 27 contests last campaign before suffering his season-ending injury.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Lee has seen his goal total drop by at least eight in each of the past three seasons after potting a career-best 40 in 2017-18. The Islanders switched to a more defense-first approach after that, and the change in style was reflected in Lee's stats -- he scored 28 the next year, 20 in 2019-20 and just 12 in 27 games last season before tearing his ACL. Lee had surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but it's possible the injury will accelerate the 31-year-old winger's decline. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of Lee's game is the disappearance of his effectiveness on the power play, as he's mustered only five goals with the extra man over the past two seasons combined after reaching double digits in each of the two preceding campaigns.