The New York Islanders have signed forward Kieffer Bellows to a three-year entry-level deal worth $2.775 million, the deal holds an annual average of $925 thousand per year. Bellows was a first-round pick by the Islanders selected 19th overall in 2016. He also had a very solid pre-season this year which is most likely what led to signing the young star.
Bellows will be joining the Portland Winterhawks this year in the WHL rather than going back to the NCAA. This will be his first year in the WHL and so far he’s put up three points in just a single game. Last year Bellows played in 34 games for Boston University only scoring 14 points in the process. However, he really broke out in 2015-16 with the United States National U-18 Team in the US Development Program where he put up 50 goals and 81 points in only 62 games.
Bellows has the potential to be a top forward with the Islanders, he can dominate games due to his incredible puck handling skills and accurate shot. He’ll also take himself into the dirtier areas of the ice and win puck battles, this will help his team at the same time as he can make a nice pass from those areas to create scoring chances.
The Isles already have some solid prospects, especially Joshua Ho-Sang and if Bellows grows into the top six forward he is projected to become, those two can do some serious things for the Islanders in the future.
Bellows has also had some international success, in 2015-16 he won a U-18 World Junior Championship Bronze medal and would follow that up with a Gold medal at the U-20 World Juniors. He’s also a Clark Cup Champion in the USHL where he won Rookie of the Year awards the same season.