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Anders Lee continued his hot start to the season and led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a two game sweep this weekend over Alaska. Lee continues to lead the nation in goals with 12 and is tied for 3rd in points with 17. Lee is averaging 1.55 points per game this season and has tallied five power play goals along with one game winner. In only 11 games this season, Lee has recorded 45 shots on goal. After a stellar 2010-2011 season when Lee scored 24 goals and added 20 assists, Lee has begun the 2011-2012 season on quite a roll and should be regarded as the leader in the race for the Hobey Baker.
The “showcase” on Monday night against the Boston Bruins didn’t quite work out for Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders brass. Supposedly, the goal was to showcase Nabokov to other teams in hopes that Nabokov would have a stellar performance and would become a commodity on the trade market. The showcase quickly went downhill after Nabokov gave up three early goals and was pulled in the first period.
The “showcase” was a bad idea in my mind. The Isles didn’t need to use one of their few nationally televised games to play Nabokov. This was all done at the expense of Al Montoya not starting for the seventh straight game. Montoya came on in relief of Nabokov in the first period and played well even though he certainly showed some rust. Montoya stopped 22 of 24 shots in relief, but can’t really be blamed for either of the two goals.
Fresh off of earning CCHA Player of the Month honors for October, Anders Lee continues to head the list of Islanders NCAA prospects. Lee continues to lead the nation in goals with 10 and is tied for 7th in points with 14. Corey Trivino, a senior forward at Boston University, propelled himself into the top 30 on the NCAA goal scoring list with one goal in Saturday night’s loss to UMass-Lowell. Trivino has scored five goals in seven games this season for the Terriers.
In a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night, the Islanders managed 34 shots on goal, but failed to get one past goalie Ondrej Pavelec. I give full credit to a stellar performance by Pavelec, but eventually the Islanders need to put the puck in the net. Having 34 shots on goal is certainly an improvement over the lackluster performances over the last few games, but in order to win games you have to score goals.
Earlier today, Notre Dame sophomore Anders Lee was named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for October. Lee was a 6th round draft pick of the NY Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft. Lee has scored at least one goal in all seven Irish games so far this season. Lee leads the nation with 10 goals and is fourth in points with 13. With a 1.86 point per game average, Lee is off to a tremendous start to the season and has put himself into early season contention for the Hobey Baker. Lee has scored three power play goals and one game winning goal so far this season. You can read the full UND.com article here.
Nino Niederreiter, the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been listed as day-to-day after suffering a groin injury in the preseason. The Islanders have been patient with Neiderreiter’s groin injury to this point. Nino participated in his first full practice with the team yesterday and has been skating for the past week or so. Nino probably won’t be ready to go when the Isles take on the Winnipeg Jets Thursday on Long Island, but hopefully will be in the lineup on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals or Monday against the Boston Bruins.
Anders Lee, a sophomore at Notre Dame and a 6th round draft pick of the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft, continued his great play this season over the weekend against Bowling Green. Lee leads the nation in goals with 10 and is fourth in points with 13. Lee has to be regarded as an early leader in the Hobey Baker race and could prove to be a 6th round steal for the Islanders. Lee is physically ready to play in the NHL and, when he does turn pro, I don’t anticipate him being in the minors for long.
In four starts this season for the Islanders, Evgeni Nabokov has compiled a 2.23 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Nabokov did give up two goals last night in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Penguins, but he played very solid and stopped 30 of 32 shots. There has been much talk amid rumors that the Isles are using Nabokov as trade bait because the Islanders have a surplus of goalies both at the NHL and AHL levels. If that is in fact the case, Nabokov has shown that he can still be a very quality goalie in the NHL and other teams should be intrigued by his play so far this season.
Al Montoya and Nabokov have been awarded all eight starts so far this season. Both goalies have started four games each. Montoya has compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.02 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Overall, both goalies have played very well. My guess is that Rick DiPietro will get a start either Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks or next Thursday when the Winnipeg Jets come to Long Island.
With the exception of the Isles first line, there has been very little offensive production during the Isles recent three game losing streak. Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, and John Tavares have great chemistry, but beyond those three there has been minimal production and few scoring chances.
Anders Lee is off to a very hot start for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Lee is making an early season push to vault himself into Hobey Baker contention. If Lee continues his early season pace, it certainly looks like whenever he decides to turn pro that he won’t be spending much time, if any, in the minors. Lee is certainly physically ready to play in the NHL and in only his sophomore season is honing his skills quite well in South Bend.
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