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Islanders: Two players that need to seize their opportunities

Oct 6, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) shoots the puck defended by
Oct 6, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) shoots the puck defended by / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Kieffer Bellows
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Kieffer Bellows

With Josh Bailey out for perhaps a few games as he recovers from COVID (he isn't symptomatic it seems), Kieffer Bellows will certainly get a shot to play meaningful minutes with the Islanders.

During their first practice at the UBS arena, Kieffer Bellows was skating with Brock Nelson and Oliver Wahlstrom on the second line. A role that suits his offensive abilities more than a bottom-six role does. It's a big opportunity for him, and just like Dobson, it's up to him to rise to it.

Against Florida, Bellows was arguably the Islanders better player. He picked up a helper on Kyle Palmieri's goal and was strong defensively for the Isles. That's the type of play Barry Trotz wants to see from all his players, but specifically youngsters.

Barry Trotz admitted that youngsters have limited run way. They need to play the "right way" immediately. Bellows did that on Tuesday in Sunrise and he's being rewarded for it.

His job isn't done. The first-rounder from 2016 now has to take this and run with it or else it's back to the press box for him.

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