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New York Islanders Top 10 Prospects In the System in 2018

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Kieffer Bellows celebrates with the New York Islanders after being selected 19th during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Kieffer Bellows celebrates with the New York Islanders after being selected 19th during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, 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

Kieffer Bellows is absolutely determined to make the NHL this season. It’s all he’s been saying for a full year now.

Trying to make the NHL by 2018 was the reason he left Boston University to play for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. With the Winterhawks, Bellows would get way more playing time than he could get with Boston Univesity in the NCAA.

The NCAA hockey season is 34 games long. While the WHL season is 72 games long. Assuming ice-time would have been the same between the two, the WHL still has the advantage of 38 more games. Something Bellows took full advantage of.

In 56 games played, Bellows finished with 74 points. Third in scoring behind Vegas Golden Knights Cody Glass (102 points) and Winnipeg Jets pick Skyler McKenzie (87 points).

If it weren’t for the additions of Leo Komarov and Valtteri Filppula, Kieffer Bellows would be a lock for the Islanders roster in the 2018-19 season. But with those two additions the Islanders bottom six looks log jammed with little room for Bellows.

It looks like Bellows might have to start the 2018-19 year in the AHL. Something that will absolutely put a fire in his eyes. He desperately wants to play in the NHL this season.

Bellows has the talent. He’s got everything the Islanders third line was missing last season. Determination, skill, finishing, and drive. Bellows just has to convince Lou Lamoriello that he needs to be included in the Islanders roster next year.

Unfortunately, the modified no-trade given to Leo Komarov and the no-trade clause given to Valtteri Filppula seems to indicate that might be a lot harder to do that just having a good training camp.

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