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New York Islanders Top Five Prospects In the System

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (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

Another former first-round pick, Kieffer Bellows was selected by the New York Islanders 19th overall in the 2016 NHL draft. After playing in the WHL two years ago, and dominating with 74 points in 56 games, Bellows suited up for the Sound Tigers in the AHL this season.

Bellows didn’t have a fantastic season with the Sound Tigers. His 19 points over 72 games ranked him 12th in scoring on the team. More was expected from Bellows in his first pro season.

But then again, it was only his first pro season. It may take him a couple of years to get accustomed to the pro game. Not every player can have a successful transition from amateur to professional immediately.

Bellows still has exactly what the Islanders need. He’s got a shoot first mentality and an NHL caliber shot to back up that philosophy.

He had a great training camp last season, leading many of us to believe he deserved a spot in the starting lineup on opening day. Lou Lamoriello, ever the conservative when it comes to young players, thought otherwise and cut him from the NHL squad.

Now with a full year under his belt in the pros, he’ll have yet another chance to prove he’s ready to play in the big leagues. Bellows’s goal was to be in the NHL by 2018-19, that didn’t happen. Hopefully, he can make it happen in 2019-20.

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