New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows is killing it for Team USA in the World Junior tournament with a ton of goals.
The New York Islanders drafted Kieffer Bellows with their first-round pick in the 2016 draft. As an 18-year old Bellows went on to play his college hockey at BU. Bellows was an okay college player but where he excelled was the Juniors tournament.
In 2015-2016 in seven games with Team USA (18U) Bellows had eight points (5 goals, 3 assists). That was only the beginning for Bellows at the Junior level.
In 2016-2017 Bellows went back to play for Team USA, who went on to beat Team Canada for the Gold. In seven games in the tournament, he had three points (2 goals, 1 assist). He actually outplayed Mathew Barzal in the USA vs Canada matchup.
So through two years of junior play, he had 11 points in 14 games. Impressive right? Well, that was before he took over once again this year.
Last night he added two more goals for Team USA in their win over Russia
With those two goals, Bellows is up to six goals in five games in the tournament this year. So, in his career, Bellows has 17 points (13 goals, 4 assists) in 19 games in this tournament.
We can’t forget in his first year in the WHL Kieffer has 40 points in 31 games with Portland. Kieffer’s lofty goal of making the Islanders next year doesn’t seem so crazy after all.
I’m still salivating over the thought of a Bellows – Beauvillier – Ho-Sang line in 2018-2019. Bellows is looking like a player, a clutch player, who has a knack for scoring goals at the right time. Certainly, the Islanders could use this at their level.