Sources: 2016 first-round pick Kieffer Bellows leaving BU

Scott McLaughlin
May 26, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Last summer, the Boston University Terriers had four players drafted in the first round. When they hit the ice this fall, only one will still be on the team.

After Clayton Keller signed with the Arizona Coyotes and Charlie McAvoy signed with the Boston Bruins following the end of the Terriers’ season — both of which were expected — forward Kieffer Bellows is now leaving BU as well in a much more unexpected move, according to sources.

Bellows struggled a bit as a freshman, registering seven goals and seven assists in 34 games, but there were reasons to think the New York Islanders prospect could take a step forward as a sophomore given his plus shot and encouraging World Juniors performance. That won’t happen, though.

What comes next for Bellows remains to be seen, but the expectation here is that he’ll head to Canadian juniors and the Western Hockey League, where the Portland Winterhawks have his draft rights. He is almost certainly not ready for the NHL or even AHL, and a transfer to another college would require him to sit out a year.