Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
That's Kieffer Bellows' CF/60, third highest on the Islanders even though he's played just two games, according to Natural Stat Trick. The sample size is very, very small, but he's only one of four Isles forwards who have a CF/60 rate higher than 60, joining Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal. But, as always, the No. 1 question: is it sustainable? There's no denying Bellows' pedigree — father Brian's 1,022 points ranks 82nd on the all-time list, Kieffer is a 2016 first-round pick and is one of two forwards with double-digit goals for Bridgeport, which ranks last in the AHL in goals scored. The ice time will be an issue, but if he sticks with the big club, he should start getting some power-play time for added value.
However, the bigger elephant is the regression that everyone outside of Long Island was expecting is here. The Isles' points percentage since Jan. 1 is a paltry .536 (20th), compared to .697 (4th) from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 earlier this season, and .671 (4th) for all of calendar 2019. The offense has improved a little, but only good enough to be average, and if we're really being honest, Bellows was the recipient of a nice pass from Anthony Beauvillier and a lucky bounce and some what-are-you-doing goaltending from Jonathan Quick. Tampa Bay, Washington and then a road trip out west will be a challenge.