With 13 games remaining in the season, the Islanders sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and actually have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Those chances may have improved with the signing of prospect Anders Lee on Monday to a two-year entry-level deal.

Lee was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, spending the past three seasons at Notre Dame where he had 116 points in 124 games. As a junior this past season, the center led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with 20 goals and 38 points, and after Notre Dame was eliminated from the Division I Hockey Tournament, the Islanders wasted no time in signing him and bringing him up to the NHL.

“He’s going to play. He wouldn’t be here if we weren’t going to utilize him. It’s his first day with the guys,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said, according to NHL.com.

“I want him to go out and play the way he knows how to play... He is going to get his opportunity here shortly.”