The Islanders assigned Bellows to AHL Bridgeport on Monday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Andrew Ladd is expected to stick with the big club for the remainder of the campaign, so the Islanders are no longer in need of Bellows' services on the wing. The 21-year-old American will take on a prominent role with Bridgeport, where he's notched 16 goals and 24 points in 45 games this campaign.
The Islanders recalled Bellows from AHL Bridgeport on Sunday.
The 21-year-old returned to the big club after his brief stint in the minors. Bellows has been solid in his first crack at the NHL level this season, collecting three points while averaging 10:21 of ice time across seven games. He'll likely return to the lineup for Sunday's game against San Jose.
The Islanders assigned Bellows to AHL Bridgeport on Friday.
Bellows has only averaged 8:17 of ice time in the Islanders' last two contests, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 21-year-old winger will step into a prominent role with Bridgeport, where he's notched 24 points in 45 games this campaign.
Bellows scored two goals in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Kings.
Bellows now has two goals and three points in two games at the NHL level. Recently promoted from the minors, if the 21-year-old keeps producing as he has early on, it's going to make sending Bellows back down to the AHL very difficult.
Bellows posted an assist and a shot on net across 9:10 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Stars.
The 21-year-old finally made his NHL debut after being selected 19th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Bellows didn't play much, but he managed to get on the scoresheet. For the time being, it seems likely he'll stick with the big club.
The Islanders recalled Bellows from AHL Bridgeport on Monday.
The Islanders selected Bellows in the first round (19th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but the winger has yet to make his NHL debut. The 21-year-old leads Bridgeport in goals (16) and points (24) through 45 games. Bellows' first chance to crack the lineup will be Tuesday versus the Stars.
Bellows has scored in five straight games for AHL Bridgeport.
Bellows got off to a slow start this season in Bridgeport but may finally be showing why the Islanders selected him 19th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. Not only does Bellows have the five-game goal-scoring streak, but he has also scored nine goals in a 12-game stretch.
Bellows picked up a goal in AHL Bridgeport's 3-2 win over Syracuse on Wednesday.
Bellows now has goals in seven of his past nine games following a very difficult start to the season. While the improved goal-scoring numbers are nice to see, Bellows has just three assists in 28 games this season. He has built a reputation as a one-dimensional sniper and deservedly so. Unless you shoot the puck like Alex Ovechkin, those type of players tend to struggle in the NHL. Bellows has a long way to go to justify the No. 19 overall selection the Isles spent on him back in 2016.
Bellows was a healthy scratch for both games this weekend for AHL Bridgeport, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reports.
Bellows has struggled since being drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft. This season, he only has one goal and three points in 19 games. The scratches are likely a wake-up call, and perhaps the coaching staff is just allowing him a chance to breathe and see the game from above. Bellows may still have an NHL future, but that future is blurry at this point.
Bellows was sent down to Bridgeport of the AHL on Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Bellows is considered to be one of the top offensive players in the Islanders system. The 19th overall selection in the 2016 draft impressed coach Barry Trotz with his shooting ability this preseason, but not enough to crack the roster. Bellows has a future with the Islanders, but it's not one that will likely be realized until next season.
Bellows notched a goal and an assist in New York's 3-0 win over the Flyers on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was selected 19th overall in the 2016 draft and spent last season playing for the Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Bellows tallied 74 points in 56 junior games, making it unlikely that the Islanders send him down there again in 2018-19. Still a year away -- maybe two -- from being ready for full-time NHL duties, expect him to spend most of this season in AHL Bridgeport.
Bellows signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders on Friday.
Bellows will suit up for WHL Portland this upcoming season after taking part in New York's training camp. The 19-year-old spent the 2016-17 campaign at Boston University, where he notched seven goals and seven helpers in 34 outings. Selected 19th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, the winger will probably need some time for his game to mature before making his NHL debut.
Bellows will be leaving Boston University for WHL Portland, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Bellows, who was the 19th overall pick in last summer's draft, had a rough freshman season for the Terriers. He was a healthy scratch on multiple occasions early in the season and his final numbers (seven goals, 14 points in 34 games) were disappointing. Bellows should fare much better next season in the WHL. His decision to leave the collegiate ranks opens the door for him to sign an entry-level deal with the Islanders.
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