Current odds: 40%
Kieffer Bellows’ odds were much lower at the start of camp. I was actually decided at the opening of camp that Bellows couldn’t make the Islanders team in 2018-19. That’s changed
Sure the two goals he’s scored were on the power-play and not at 5on5. But when did that become a knock on a player? A goal is a goal is it not?
Not only is Bellows scoring goals, but he’s put up another assist and is 100 percent engaged in every single shift. He’s been a driving force offensively for the Islanders. You can tell that he wants to make the NHL this season and not play in the AHL.
How Does He Make It?
Keep doing what he’s doing. Not only scoring but showing up every shift. If he can do that, then GM Lou Lamoriello and coach Barry Trotz should have no issue putting him on the team.
With Andrew Ladd still out with muscle tightness, Kieffer Bellow’s chances of making the team this season grows. Muscle tightness won’t keep Ladd out of the roster for the entire season, but it could give the Isles a chance to give him his NHL debut now.
How He Misses Out?
If his intensity dries up. He doesn’t need to score every night. But he needs to show up everynight. He needs to be – here comes a Lou and Barry buzz word – accountable. If he drops off even once, his chances of making the roster drop significantly.
At the moment he’s making noise and forcing the team to keep him around, he can’t let up. Not for a second.