In Kieffer Bellows’ first game with the New York Islanders AHL team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bellows netted his first pro goal.
In 2016, the New York Islanders found a gem of a prospect with the 19th overall pick. Kieffer Bellows, who played his hockey in the USHL, fell in the Islanders lap and they correctly pounced on him.
As a prospect, Bellows made a name for himself by scoring on big stages. In his first ever World Juniors tournament, Bellows put up five goals in seven games. He was only just getting started. Last year playing U20, he had 9 goals in seven games.
The scoring didn’t stop there for Bellows. After one year at Boston University, Bellows left for the WHL. In 2017-2018 Kieffer put up a whopping 41 goals in 56 games playing for the Portland Winterhawks.
Last night, in his first AHL action, he scored his first professional goal.
It was a typical Kieffer Bellows goal. At six-foot, 198 pounds, Bellows is a big body forward who can dominate games in front of the net. He’s a special talent though because he’s not just a guy who camps out in front of the net for goals.
He has good puckhandling skills, and he can also go into the corner and outmuscle folks for the puck. Anders Lee might be a good player comparison, but Bellows is a better skater and puck handler than Lee is.
This is likely the first of many goals at the professional level for Kieffer Bellows. Unfortunately, we’ll likely see him play a majority of this year in the AHL but after the trade deadline, all bets are off as he and Josh Ho-Sang are the next two wingers waiting for that call-up.
Bellows should be a part of the Islanders top-six for years to come. Get familiar with this guy Islanders fans, he’ll be here before you know it.