Kieffer Bellows

New York Islanders
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Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 10, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 195 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 19

Observations

July 2020 – Bellows was a longshot to get playing time in the looming tournament but being left off the playoff roster must still sting, especially since the Isles opted to name just 30 players, one fewer than they’re allowed. Although being around an NHL post-season atmosphere couldn’t have been detrimental to his development, the snub should give the young winger extra incentive to shine at the 2020-21 training camp. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Bellows and fellow young hopeful Oliver Wahlstrom each scored a goal on a line with veteran Andrew Ladd in a 2-0 intra-squad win. The Islanders are loaded with veteran diggers up front, but are short of high-end skill. The former factor works against the two rookies in a defense-first system, but their offensive talent will prove irresistible at some point. They both have a good shot at making the 31-man roster, but will likely be used carefully by head coach Barry Trotz. Mark Allan

July 2020 – After being unavailable for opening day at the Islanders’ training camp, Bellows joined Group Two, which includes fellow LWs Anthony Beauvillier and Andrew Ladd. Mark Allan

May 2020 – The young winger took steps forward in his second pro season. After humbling totals of 12 goals and 19 points in 71 games as an AHL rookie, he led the Sound Tigers with 22 goals, four PP scores and 31 points in 52 games during a pandemic-shortened season. He also had two goals and an assist in his first eight big-league appearances. Ugly defensive numbers are no worse than average on a bad Bridgeport squad. Power forwards typically take longer to blossom, so the team and its fans must be patient. Mark Allan

February 2020 – After totaling a promising two goals and one assist in his first seven NHL games, the 21-year-old was demoted briefly to the AHL. In his return, a 4-1 win over the visiting Sharks, he went pointless with two shots on goal and two hits in 12:44 of even-strength hockey. His odds of remaining with the Isles are decent since Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck are out indefinitely. The son of former NHL sniper Brian Bellows will have to impress with limited bottom-six deployment because the team is in a playoff race, and coach Barry Trotz is a stickler for team defense. Bellows has 16 scores and eight helpers in 45 outings with Bridgeport, where he’s so far replicated his minus-20 from 2018-19. He’s got one more campaign on his entry- level deal. Mark Allan

January 2020 – Bellows has been named the AHL player of the month for December, with 10 goals in 11 games. He is heating up and leads the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in goals with 13. He is currently a bright spot on a team with a lack of talent but more scoring will be needed as he really fell off the map since being drafted in 2016. Naftali Clinton

December 2018 – Last campaign Bellows had decent numbers but was not overly impressive. He ended his year in the WHL with 41 goals and 74 points in 56 games played. This placed him 16th overall in goals scored and 40th in total points. This campaign Bellows is playing for the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and presently has six goals and 11 points in 26 games. This level of production is indicative of a far cry to those originally forecasted for 19th overall selection from the 2016 entry draft. It may be time to temper your expectations in regard to his fantasy relevancy. Jesse Sherman

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 UMHSEHL 7 1 2 3 10 |          
  Metro Southwest UMHSEHL 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 
  B16 - Blue (Final 54) MNHP-16 3 1 0 1 - |          
 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 73 12 7 19 101 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3
 2019-2020 New York Islanders NHL 8 2 1 3 2 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 52 22 9 31 49 |          

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