Kieffer Bellows is one of the New York Islanders top prospects. His father Brian Bellows had a very good NHL career and he played for five different teams. They were the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Washington Capitals.
For the Islanders sake, they hope Keifer Bellows will only play for New York his entire career. He plays on the left wing. Bellows ceiling is a top-6 forward. He was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Keifer Bellows is currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL. In 32 games, he has scored seven goals and recorded five assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -7.
Bellows is waiting patiently to be called up to the NHL. He is only 20 years old and the Islanders are in no rush with him. Keifer Bellows will probably spend the rest of the season in the AHL. He will most likely get another strong look in training camp next season.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start next season in the AHL, but it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start next season in the NHL as well. Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee, and Brock Nelson will all be free agents at the end of the season and it none of them are brought back, that will open up the door for a possible roster spot at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
With Barry Trotz as the head coach, Keifer Bellows will get the proper coaching necessary in order to succeed as an NHL player. The team is responding well to Trotz so far this season and they are overachieving because of it.
New York has a very good prospect pool in general, but they don’t have a very good roster. When Bellows gets his chance, he has the potential to score 30 goals and recorded 35 assists a season.