2022-23 Player Review: Kieffer Bellows definitely existed
A dude came, was here, and did almost nothing.
Kieffer Bellows wasn't even supposed to be here. The 24-year-old winger was cast off Long Island through the tumultuous seas of the waiver wire and was eventually brought into this Philadelphia Flyers team to just see if he can become what he was promised to be six years ago.
When the Edina, Minn. native was drafted with the 19th overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the thought was that he was supposed to be this shoot-first-ask-questions-later type of winger that has a sturdy enough base to ride through professional hockey and establish himself as a consistent contributor. He went through the U.S. National Program, and then off to a Boston University team that featured Charlie McAvoy, Clayton Keller, and other future NHL top-line players. After failing to make his mark in college hockey – with just 14 points in 34 games – Bellows quickly shifted gears and decided to finish out his pre-professional career with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks and give up on the tougher challenge of collegiate play.