#31 – Kieffer Bellows, LW – US NTDP, USHL

TSN – #18
Central Scouting – #10 NAS
ISS – #17
Craig Button – #13
McKeens – #19
THN – #20

NHL COMPARABLE : Matt Beleskey
POTENTIAL : Top-6 Scoring Winger or bust
CEILING : 2nd Line LW
FLOOR : AHL Callup

Kieffer Bellows reminds me quite a bit of Luc Robitaille for various reasons. Robitaille was a guy you would watch and he never really seemed like a great skater, top-notch playmaker or a great overall two-way player but when he got the puck on his stick he just had a knack for putting it in the net. It’s hard to argue with 668 career NHL goals.

For me, Kieffer Bellows is a lot like that. He doesn’t seem to be the best skater but he gets there. He’s got an absolute laser beam of a shot and he’s going to put up his share of goals at the pro level. It remains to be seen whether that’s the NHL or elsewhere. At this point, he’s probably only just average defensively but that’s certainly not abnormal for a kid his age with his offensive abilities. On the power-play he’s deadly and that certainly boosts his value but 5-on-5 his foot speed is noticeable and could certainly hold him back. I’m not convinced that he’s the type of player that would be able to adapt to a more defensive role on a 3rd or 4th line and for that reason, I have him ranked just outside the first round.


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