Kieffer Bellows

New York Islanders
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Fantasy Summary

Kieffer Bellows has the tool set to be a productive, scoring top-six power forward in the NHL.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 10, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 19

Observations

January 2018 – Bellows broke Jeremy Roenick’s record for goals by an American in a single World Junior Championship tournament with nine. He added an assist for 10 points in seven games as the Americans took home bronze. He was named to the tournament’s all-star team for his marksmanship. After moving from Boston University to the Portland Winterhawks, Bellows seems more comfortable – at least as far as scoring goes: he has 40 points in 31 games out west. By far his best attribute is his shot, it’s already NHL caliber.  

 

Bellows is definitely worth stashing in prospect/keeper formats as he seems to be an improved version of what Michael Dal Colle meant to be.  Michael Farkas

July 2017 – Bellows landed a crafty wrap-around goal for Team White after carrying the puck in from deep in the defensive zone, tricking defenders into biting on a long slap shot fake, and taking it around the net. He seemed bulked up and in excellent shape at the Islanders Mini-Camp Blue-White Scrimmage. He’s set his sights on making the NHL by 2018-19 and a WHL campaign in Portland should help him get there. Kevin Wickersham

May 2017 – Bellows has decided to leave Boston U. for the WHL and will play the up coming season with the Portland Winterhawks and the sniper should have a strong development season playing on the top line with playmanke Cody Glass. Peter Harling

January 2017 – Kieffer Bellows had a solid World Junior Tournament for the USA. Selected as an 18-year-old in a tournament more prominently dominated by 19-year-olds, Bellows held his own and managed to produce offensively, and at key moments. Bellows didn’t have the start he wanted with Boston University, but has shown signs of improvement, and understanding the College game. Kieffer has one of the best shots in college hockey, and a nose for the net. He is a goal scorer in every sense of the word. He has the look of a power forward with the ability to go around, or through, an opponent. Skating is strong, but may need to get quicker for the Pro game. For a 1998 born player, Kieffer projects to be a secondary scorer at the Pro level, it just remains to be seen if the rest of his game will round out enough for him to be a full time NHLer. Goals are the hardest thing to get in the game of hockey, and Kieffer is no stranger to putting the puck in the net. Kevin Pedersen

June 2016 – The New York Islanders picked Bellows with the 19th overall pick.

April 2016 – Kieffer Bellows plays a game that is getting harder to find in the NHL and that’s as a true power forward with grit and scoring. Though not overly tall, Bellows makes up for his average height with a thick body, a strong center of gravity, and exceptional athleticism to be a punishing force along the wall and in front of the opposition’s net. Blessed with a hard accurate wrist shot, solid passing, and good on-ice vision, Bellows isn’t simply a garbage goal scorer either as he can give and go with the best of them. Though he doesn’t have elite level speed, Bellows skating gets him where he needs to be and he is a menace on the fore check that has defenders looking over their shoulder. – Aynsley Scott


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Edina High USHS-MN 25 10 17 27 45 | Playoffs 5 3 4 7
  Edina High MN State 3 2 3 5 0 |          
  Team Southwest USHS-MN 7 1 2 3 10 |          
  Metro Southwest USHS-MN 3 6 2 8 - |          
 2014-2015 Team Red USA-S16 5 1 1 2 - |          
  Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 58 33 19 52 78 | Playoffs 12 9 3 12 12 
 2015-2016 USNTDP Juniors USHL 23 16 16 32 41 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 62 50 31 81 101 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 5 3 8 8 |          
 2016-2017 Boston Univ. NCAA 34 7 7 14 40 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 1 3 6 |          
 2017-2018 Portland Winterhawks WHL 56 41 33 74 63 | Playoffs 12 3 10 13 12 
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 9 1 10 4 |          
 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL - - - - - |          

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