Bellows was described by Sports Illustrated as the hottest prospect since Wayne Gretzky during his junior career with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, when he scored 94 goals and 213 points in 113 games over two seasons.
The Minnesota North Stars, who owned the No. 2 pick in the 1982 NHL Draft after a trade with the Detroit Red Wings, wanted Bellows badly and were willing to give the Boston Bruins, who had the No. 1 pick, two players not to take Bellows. The Bruins agreed and selected defenseman Gord Kluzak No. 1, allowing Bellows to fall to the North Stars.