Islanders: Kieffer Bellows Picks Up Point In First Game

New York Islanders Kieffer Bellows (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)
New York Islanders Kieffer Bellows (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

In the New York Islanders 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars, Kieffer Bellows picked up a point in his first career NHL game.

Besides getting into the win column in a game they desperately needed, it was a good day for the New York Islanders. Their first-round pick from 2016, Kieffer Bellows, made his NHL debut last night and it was a good one.

On his first shift of the game, he found some space in the slot and ripped a shot on net. It didn’t get through but Bellows made his presence felt almost instantly, he wasn’t a wallflower.

In the second period, Bellows made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone. He wasn’t afraid to use his big body, and almost instantly after regaining possession Derrick Brassard beat Ben Bishop to tie the game.

Bellows was hit with a secondary assist, getting his first point out of the way in game one. Bellows finished with 9:10 of ice time which is actually more than expected based on Barry Trotz’s past with Otto Koivula and Oliver Wahlstrom this year.

If he continues to play like he did last night it’s going to be hard to send him down as he gives you miles more than what a Tom Kuhnhackl or Ross Johnston can give this team offensively. No disrespect to them of course, that’s just not their game.

We’ll see if he plays again tomorrow night when L.A. comes to town. My guess would be that he’s in the lineup again.

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