For New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows it was an impressive year in the WHL. He made great strides in his development.
2017-2018 was the first year New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows played at the WHL level. He didn’t disappoint in his first year of professional play at just age 19. He’s now the most hyped Islanders prospect.
After playing a year in the NCAA in 2016-2017, after the Islanders took him 19th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Bellows decided to join the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
In 56 games in the WHL, Bellows put up an impressive 74 points (41 goals, 33 assists). Bellows was third on the team in points after having just 14 points at the collegiate level the year before.
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Rightfully so, Bellows began to garner a lot of attention due to his impressive play. It wasn’t just the WHL stage that Bellows was able to dominate on. He also shined at the international stage in Buffalo for World Juniors.
Playing for Team USA Bellows had 10 points (9 goals, 1 assist) in 7 games. He stole the show for the Americans. In fact in his career at the World Junior level, Bellows has 21 points (16 goals, five assists) in 21 games.
Bellows shines brightest on the big stage which is a fantastic sign for a prospect. With his play this year, Bellows seems like a lock to be on the NHL roster.
Unless Kieffer Bellows struggles mightily at camp, which would be hard to believe based on past history, he should have a roster spot. If he does make the roster, he’ll be an immediate impact player for the Isles.
He’s a big, six-foot 200 pounds, power forward who can dominate a game. His presence could help out the Islanders third line right away as they’ve struggled for any kind of offense this past year.
Don’t sleep on a Bellows – Beauvillier – Ho-Sang third line next year. It’d be productive, fun, young and cheap four of my favorite things. That line would cost you a combined $2.68 million against the cap.
Kieffer Bellows went from a player that looked to be a couple years away, to almost a sure lock to be on the roster in 2018-2019. 2017-2018 couldn’t have gone any better for the Kieffer Bellows camp.