Kieffer Bellows, Otto Koivula and Robin Salo were already high on the Islanders' prospect list. The trio has done nothing to change that perception with their performances in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in Buffalo, NY.
While Koivula and Salo's Finnish team was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic, Bellows will take his tourney-leading six goals for Team USA into Thursday's semifinals matchup with Sweden on Thursday. The Isles' 2016 first-round pick scored twice -- including the go-ahead tally in the third period -- in USA's 4-2 win over Russia on Tuesday.
Bellows, 19, has scored 19 goals and amassed 31 assists in 31 games with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He was the 19th overall pick in 2016 out of Boston University and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders in September.
Bellows is the son of former NHL All-Star Brian Bellows.
Koivula, 19, was taken in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. The winger has scored four goals and amassed 18 points in 32 games with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish Elite League, Liiga.
Salo, also 19 and the Islanders' second-round pick last year, tallied three assists in 27 games with Sport Vaasa of Liiga.
Koivula totaled two assists and 12 shots on goal in five tournament games for Finland. Salo appeared in three games and did not register a point.
Neither player has played professionally in North America.