The New York Islanders have placed forward Kieffer Bellows on waivers, a league source confirmed to The Athletic. The 24-year-old Bellows played one game this season on Oct. 13 against the Florida Panthers and was a minus-1.
Bellows was a first-round pick in 2016 (No. 19) and has scored 11 goals and 25 points in 68 games in his NHL career.
Bellows came out of the lineup once forward Oliver Wahlstrom was able to return. Coach Lane Lambert has since shuffled forwards in and out, scratching Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier over the weekend as the team has struggled of late, but Bellows remained out.
The Islanders (2-4-0) have been carrying just six defensemen since Robin Salo was reassigned on Saturday, so Bellows’ roster spot could be filled by either Salo or another defenseman currently in Bridgeport.
Bellows is on a one-year contract with a $1.2 million cap hit and has some scoring potential as a recent first-round pick, so it’s unclear if he’ll make it through waivers.
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