Does anders lee sign with the isles after this season?
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11-19-2012, 05:32 AM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Lee has stated many times that he wants to finish his education and graduate from ND. If the Isles want to sign him to an ELC it will be a question of what money they can agree on. Lee was a 6th round pick, but after a successful, but not great college career, he will expect more than average 6th round money. The Isles will likely not throw 1st round money at him, so there will be room for disagreement.
Lee was a 6th rounder more because it was not known if he would choose football over hockey. If he was clear about choosing hockey he could have been drafted in the 3rd or possibly late 2nd round. He has skating issues that need to be resolved, and the fact that he is already 22, will be 23 when he graduates, is both a pro and con for his value. As a 23 year old he should have already resolved his skating and other hockey related skills. On the other hand, at 23 he is emotionally more mature than typical 3rd/4th year draftee, and he has had the physical stature of an NHLer since graduating HS.
I feel the Isles will try to sign him for no more than 3rd round money, Lee will choose to test free agency, and we will lose him.
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