Friday, June 20, 2014

BU nabs a top '98 recruit Kieffer Bellows

                                          - Photo credit to Minnesota Hockey Magazine/Jordan Doffing

The Boston University coaching staff continues to play chess while the rest of college hockey plays checkers on the recruiting trail . They received a verbal commitment from forward Keiffer Bellows of Edina, Minnesota which announced per his twitter account.

Bellows put up 27 points in 25 regular season games this year for his Edina High School in Minnesota. He also put up 5 points in 3 games in the state playoffs during his team's state title run. Bellows' father is Brian Bellows who played in the CHL before playing a NHL career with the Minnesota North Stars, Montreal Canadians , Tampa Bay Lightening, Anaheim Ducks, and Washington Capitals. Kieffer is a first round pick for Sioux City in the USHL and most likely will be playing there for the next two seasons unless the WHL Portland Winterhawks can sway Bellows away from both the USHL and college route. It is not a question of if they "push for him" *coughbagofunmarkedcashcough*, but which route he chooses. As of now it appears he will go the USHL/NCAA route and will arrive at BU in the fall of 2016  along with Clayton Keller, Johnny McDermott, Hank Crone, and Vasili Kolias. There hasn't been a recruit in the Quinn era that has decommitted and gone to a different school or the CHL, so we are going to assume this will never happen because why would you leave BU to go anywhere else? 

The coaching staff (Quinn,Greeley and O'Connell) have shown the ability to go get kids from all over the country thus far which is a great sign. They were able to go into Minnesota and get a top quality kid who would normally go to Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin. This is a huge get for the 2016 class and really solidifies that class for two years from  now. The coaching staff have gone from a lack of depth to 3 very deep classes in just over a year's time which is very encouraging for the program. 

P.S. How long before York calls this kid to try to recruit him to BC? He probably tried calling him last night as soon as this went public. What a gentleman.

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