Bellows was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Bellows has played in all three of the Islanders' games this year, so this may just be a paper move to accrue cap savings. If Bellows, who has no points and 10 hits this season, doesn't rejoin the lineup Thursday versus the Devils, Ross Johnston would likely work in a bottom-six role.
Bellows was activated to the active roster for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Bellows was placed on the taxi squad by the team Wednesday, but they elected to thrust him onto the third line for Thursday's game. The 2016 first-round pick racked up 22 goals in 52 minor-league games last season, so he'll hope his offense can translate to the next level. Bellows will replace Oliver Wahlstrom in the lineup Thursday.
Bellows has been assigned to the Islanders' taxi squad. Bellows was on the bubble for a spot on the 23-man roster, but he'll have to settle for a spot on the taxi squad for now. The 2016 first-round pick played well in the minors last season, racking up 22 goals and 31 points in 52 games, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him take on a semi-regular NHL role during the 2020-21 campaign.
Bellows is in a training camp battle for a spot on the third line, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. Bellows may have been the favorite coming into camp for that spot after leading Bridgeport in goals last season, but a PED suspension may have forced the Islanders to rethink their plans for him. The competition for that spot includes Michael Dal Colle, Andrew Ladd, Dmytro Timashov and Bellows. Dal Colle is a former top prospect like Bellows, Ladd is likely ticketed to the AHL, and Timashov is a player GM Lou Lamoriello recently acquired because they have a past relationship. If Bellows doesn't make the team out of camp, he will likely be one of the first players recalled when the team suffers an injury or another player underperforms. The taxi squad may be unlikely for a player the Islanders want to see play regular game minutes.
Bellows violated the AHL's Performance Enhancing Substance program at some point, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. It's unclear when Bellows violated the rules but, according to the report, the 22-year-old already fulfilled his discipline. It could explain his absence from the Islanders' bubble roster after he scored three points in eight regular-season games.
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