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Road to the NHL Draft: Kieffer Bellows

Kieffer Bellows

Position: Left wing

Junior team: U.S. Development Program (USHL)

Born: Edina, Minn.

Measurables: 6-foot, 195 pounds

2015-16 stats: 23 games, 16 goals, 16 assists, 32 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 10 (North America)

Lowdown: Bellows, the son of longtime NHL forward Brian Bellows, seemed to have it made. Playing for Sioux Falls in 2014-15, he set the United States Hockey League record for goals by a 16-year-old (33) and was named the Rookie of the Year. To cap it off, he led the Stampede the league championship with nine goals, including four game-winners, in 12 playoff games.

There was no encore. His country called, so Bellows packed up and head to the U.S. National Team Development Program. He kept right on scoring, putting up 16 goals in 23 games this year. The improved training program helped the fiery winger fill out his frame and increased his competitiveness. He’ll join another highly regarded squad in the fall when he suits up for Boston University.

He averaged more than a penalty per game, so he needs to add some discipline.

They said it: “He’s a real aggressive player. He's physical on the forecheck and back pressure. He's definitely a shooter. He looks to shoot the puck and he has that ability … to get the pucks on the net from all kinds of odd angles and not just a soft shot.” – Danton Cole, coach of U.S. under-18 team, to NHL.com.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 24-25 in First Niagara Center.

 

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