The season isn't total over for at least one player on the New York Islanders roster. Kieffer Bellows will continue his season by joining Team USA for the World Junior Championships.
The championships are set to begin on May 13. The US will compete in Group B against Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Czechia, Great Britain, and Norway.
For Bellows, this championship is about continuing the momentum he built up at the end of the 2021-22 season.
New York Islanders Kieffer Bellows to continue momentum joining Team USA for Worlds
Over his last ten games, Bellows put up two goals and four helpers for six points. Add 20 shots, 31 hits, 6 blocks, and two power-play helpers to that production. All that while averaging 12 minutes worth of total ice time. Things are going much better for Bellows now.
All of that after being a healthy scratch for six games straight. Bellows was made to figure out how he could fit into the squad and it really seems like he figured it out at the end there. Now with the worlds a few days away he's going to have a chance to continue that upwards momentum.
Bellows hasn't represented Team USA for a few years now, but the last time out in 2017-18 Bellows scored nine goals and added a helper for ten points in seven games for the US. Pretty darn good production.
But again it all comes back to keeping it up for Bellows. He's six years away from being drafted 19th overall in the 2016 draft and he's yet to hold down a spot on the Islanders roster. His recent upward form might change that.
Now he's got to keep it up. Doing well at the worlds will up keep that momentum going.
The team will certainly extend him to some sort of bridge deal after his ELC is set to expire on July 1, and he'll certainly challenge for a spot for the 22-23 roster. The question is now, will all that momentum pay off?