After a bit of a slow patch in the AHL, New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows has two goals in the Sound Tigers last four games.
Adjusting to the AHL has been a bit tough for Kieffer Bellows. Bellows, selected by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2016 draft has been a goal-scoring machine in recent years. Except, this year he’s struggled at times in the AHL.
Most recently, Bellows went on a stretch where he didn’t have a goal for seven games. Even for a player in their first year at a new level, that’s a long time for someone as talented as Bellows is.
Since then, he’s been much better with two goals in the last four games. In 46 games with Bridgeport, Bellows has 16 points (11 goals, 5 assists). Obviously, we’d like to see that point total come up over time.
Kieffer Bellows doesn’t have to be ready this year, there’s no rush. He’s just 20-years-old and the Isles are doing just fine right now in first place of the Metropolitan Division. Making the team out of camp next year might be a stretch for Bellows too.
While it certainly could be on the table, in all likelihood he will start next year in the AHL and be one of the first names to get called up when a forward is needed.
At six-one, 200 pounds, Bellows is a big boy who isn’t afraid to play with the body which should help him in the long run at the NHL level. Ultimately, I can see him becoming a similar player to Anders Lee.
Someone who should be giving the Islanders 25 goals or more in a season, while also having a physical aspect to his game, especially around the boards.
Before the season started, The Athletic ranked the Islanders prospect pool as fifth best in the league. Bellows was mentioned in that group as a “Very Good NHL Prospect”. It’s a fair assumption that Kieffer Bellows is on the Islanders untouchable list, with hopes he can make an impact in either 2019 or by the latest 2020.
It’s a good sign to see Bellows turn his year around, and although we won’t see him in New York anytime soon he’s just a quick ferry ride away.