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New York Islanders Three Takeaways from First Preseason Game

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Billy McGregor of Farmingville wears a modified John Tavares jersey prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Billy McGregor of Farmingville wears a modified John Tavares jersey prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Reece Willcox #60 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Kieffer Bellows #20 of the New York Islanders during the first period during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Reece Willcox #60 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Kieffer Bellows #20 of the New York Islanders during the first period during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kieffer Bellows Looks Like a Player

Kieffer Bellows wants to make the NHL this season. Not next season when it’s more likely, he’s going to push for a spot right now, today. And he gave his case a big boost against the Flyers.

Early in the first period Kieffer Bellows buried a power play goal for the Islanders first of the night and in the preseason. Bellows found himself alone in the slot and made no mistake as the pass came to him from below the goal line.

It’s exactly the type of goal you expect from a guy who’s been labeled as having a fantastic shot. And he wasn’t done there.

Later in the first period, Bellows found himself with space to the right of goal by the faceoff dot. In an instant, Bellows fires a bullet right off the post, just short of adding a second to his tally on the night.

I’m still not convinced that Kieffer Bellows will make the team this season. He’s got to do a lot more to convince the New York Islanders to give him a roster spot. But in his first game, Bellows showed management that he deserves an extended look.

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