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New York Islanders Five Players That Should Stand Out At Mini-Camp

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13: (L-R) Max Capuano #6 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck with Johan Sundstrom #28 at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13: (L-R) Max Capuano #6 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck with Johan Sundstrom #28 at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: Kieffer Bellows poses for a portrait after being selected 19th overall by the New York Islanders in round one during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images) /

Kieffer Bellows

When asked what his goals where next year Kieffer Bellows answered: “I just wanted to round out my game, so I can hopefully play in the NHL next year.” The time has come for Bellows. This is the year he earmarked to make the NHL.

Bellows left Boston University for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to get more playing time under his belt in the hopes of increasing his chances. His first year of junior hockey was an outstanding success. With 56 games in 2017-18 Bellows had 41 goals and 33 helpers for 74 points.

Bellows definitely goes into the Isles plans as one of their top prospects. If anyone should make the team its Bellows. The spot is his to lose realistically. That means he can’t let up once.

Bellows has to go into Mini-Camp and keep the momentum going. He has to show the team that he is that elite level goal scorer.

Again, this isn’t about trying to convince the team he has quality. They know he has quality. Doing well at Mini-Camp shows consistency. It proves there’s an effort level there that just won’t give up.

If Bellows can do that he might succeed in his goal of making the NHL in 2018-19. We certainly hope he can. His inclusion would immediately make the Islanders top six a bit more dangerous than they’ve been lately.

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