Thursday, June 19, 2014

Power forward Bellows joins 2016 recruit class

Photo credit Marlin Levinson

BU dipped into “The State of Hockey” to secure another standout Minnesota skater. Edina High School sophomore Kiefer Bellows, son of former NHL star Brian Bellows, gave his verbal to join the Terriers’ 2016 recruit class, which already includes Clayton Keller, Hank Crone, Johnny McDermott and Vas Kolias.  2014 recruit Chase Phelps, who played for Shattuck St. Mary's Prep last season, also is an Edina native.
A 5-11, 195 lbs., center/power forward, the ’98-born Bellows helped the Hornets win the Minnesota state championship this past spring. He scored 27 points (10G, 17A) in 25 regular season games and added 3 goals and 4 assists in 5 playoff games--including a pair of goals in the title game. He skated on Edina’s top line along with Ohio State commit Miguel Fidler, whose father, Mike Fidler (also an NHLer) was a standout on two Terriers squads that won ECAC titles and went to the Final Four.
● State championship post-game press conference (video)

In the recent USHL futures draft, Bellows was picked in the first round, 13thoverall by the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Photo credit Matt Christians

SBNation’s Chris Dilks reports that: "Bellows is a true power forward that is tremendously strong for a player his age, with the ability to score from anywhere on the ice with his above average shot. Bellows is also a good stickhandler and possess excellent instincts in the offensive zone."

Bellows had been OverTheBoards’s #8 uncommitted player in last month’s Select 70 ranking.
Continues to excel and improve. Bull of a forward with game-shattering scoring ability and a pro build, Bellows is built to dominate and does just that, as he’s tough to contain and has skill to spare at the high school level. WHL rights are owned by Portland.
USHR Beantown Summer Classic 2013
5.  Kieffer Bellows, ’98 F, Edina Bantams (#15 Buzzards) – 6’0”. A big strong young centerman, and a power forward in the making. Has a bomb of a shot. Son of Brian Bellows, the #2 overall pick in the 1982 NHL Draft, a ‘near Bruin’, and a long-time Minnesota North Star.

USHR: 2013 Select 15
11. Kiefer Bellows (Edina Bantam AA/Purple) 6-0/194 — We were expecting a little more as we were told that Bellows was The Man among the ’98s in Minnesota. From that, we expected he’d be one of the top few forwards in camp. He wasn’t that, but Bellows is a great prospect and there is a lot to like about his game. The son of former NHL first round pick Brian Bellows is a moose who is very effective down low and in front of the net. He has a heavy shot, he will score -- a lot. Played on easily the top line in camp: [BU recruit Hank] Crone and Khodorenko were usually his linemates. 6-1-7.
Boston Hockey Blog report on Bellows and goalie Connor Lacouvee

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