Islanders Prospect Kieffer Bellows Finds Scoring Touch

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 29: Kieffer Bellows (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 29: Kieffer Bellows (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)

After a tough start to his season, Kieffer Bellows has begun scoring for the New York Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

In his first 19 games with the Sound Tigers,  Kieffer Bellows had just one goal. Back in 2016, the New York Islanders selected Kieffer Bellows 19th overall because of his goal-scoring abilities and he has significantly regressed in that aspect of his game over the last couple of years.

In 2017-2018, Bellows netted 41 goals in 56 WHL games. He appeared to be on a fast track to the NHL and then fell off a cliff when getting to the AHL.

In 73 games last season, Bellows had just 12 goals. That’s not going to cut it from a first-rounder who is known as a goal scorer. Things were off to a brutal start this year, before the last four games that is.

Over the last four, Kieffer Bellows has three goals. Now through 23 games on the season, he has four goals and seven points. He’s not at the point where you can do a complete 180 on him but you have to be satisfied that he has seemed to find his groove.

Matt Lorito and Sebastian Aho are tied with the most points on the team with 14. Bellows finds himself sixth on the team with seven points. When the year is all said and done, ideally I’d like him to be towards the top in points on the team.

Matt Lorito is a fine player, but I’d be much happier seeing Bellows, Oliver Wahlstrom, or Otto Koivula at the top of that list. Those three seem to be fighting for a role with the Islanders in the future and we’d like to see all of them succeed.

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Regardless, it’s a monumental step in the right direction for Bellows who was on pace for another disappointing AHL season. The “b word” gets put on hold for a bit longer.