Reports: Kieffer Bellows joining Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks will add New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows, according to multiple reports.
A 6-1 forward, Bellows has been part of the United States youth national teams. In January, he scored two goals for the United States' in its championship game win over Canada at the World Junior Championships.
The son of former National Hockey League player Brian Bellows, Kieffer Bellows will be 19 next season. He was a freshman on the Boston University team last season, finishing with seven goals and seven assists in 34 games.
The Boston Globe reported on Friday that Bellows will give up his NCAA eligibility and join the Winterhawks. Gregg Drinnan, whose Taking Note blog reports on the Western Hockey League, tweeted on Friday that the Hawks have signed Bellows.
Boston radio station WEEI also reported that Bellows is leaving BU, but did not say where he is going.
The Winterhawks have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, but have not confirmed that Bellows is the reason.
The Winterhawks selected Bellows in the seventh round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and have kept him on their 50-player list since.
Bellows was taken by the New York Islanders with the 19th pick in last summer's NHL Draft.
Before attending Boston University, Bellows was a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team and in 2016-16 had 50 goals. He was the 2014-15 rookie of the year in the United States Hockey League playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Adding Bellows would bolster what should be a potent group of Winterhawks forwards next season that is led by Cody Glass. Glass, who had 32 goals and 62 assists as a 17-year-old last season, is expected to be a first-round pick in next month's NHL Draft.