The New York Islanders appear to have thrown in the towel on former first-round pick Kieffer Bellows, as the forward was waived on Wednesday.
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The 24-year-old American forward has not played in the American League since 2020. Since then, he has been used sparingly by the Islanders coaching staff. The 19th selection of the 2016 auction scored 11 goals and 25 points in 68 games on the Bettman circuit.
Recognized for his scoring skills at the junior level – he threaded the needle 41 times in 56 games in his only season in the Western Hockey League – Bellows struggled to continue this momentum in the professional ranks.
The Montreal Canadiens are also at the top of the waiver priority list until November 1st. The last time he won the Stanley Cup, in 1993, the CH had been led by a certain Brian Bellows, the father of Kieffer, in terms of goals in the regular season (40).