The New York Islanders announced their latest round of training camp cuts Monday, assigning several players with some NHL experience to AHL Bridgeport and returning 2018 first-round pick Noah Dobson to juniors.
Kieffer Bellows has had a promising preseason for the New York Islanders, but he was among this round of cuts and should make his pro debut in AHL Bridgeport.
“Bellows certainly showed up well, better than I thought he would, but right now we have to make some decisions with the people we have here and we have to give the ice time to them. It’s best for him to go to the minors, play a lot, play in key situations and grow as a player.” https://t.co/COywCImCrV— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 24, 2018
All told, these players were assigned to Bridgeport:
Sebastian Aho, Kieffer Bellows, Michael Dal Colle, Ben Holmstrom, Josh Ho-Sang, Jeremy Smith, Travis St. Denis and Parker Wotherspoon.
Meanwhile, Dobson has been assigned to his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, Acadie-Bathurst.
Importantly, at least so far, Devon Toews remains with the blueline group. He’s had a good preseason and should frankly make the team.
Lamoriello on Ho-Sang: “Thought he worked hard, gave us everything he had... He just needs to go to the minors, he’s got ability, go there and get over all these issues that I haven’t seen, that transpired in the past. He’s been excellent in camp. Just go grow and get better.”— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) September 24, 2018
Meanwhile, at the NHL level the Islanders are now looking at this up front:
Lines for current group:— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) September 24, 2018