SHEFFIELD goalie John DeCaro says he is still trying to fully assess the topsy-turvy nature of the British Elite League.
The American first year Steeler goalie admits your own team form can sometimes be difficult to gauge when your side is facing opposition of such varying talent levels, finances and manpower.
Bottom club Fife Flyers, for example, have yet to chalk a win in nine attempts and the entire bottom half of the table are all struggling for points.
Steelers’ own form has been mixed, recently, but the netminder believes they will have a stronger second half to the campaign.
He said: “We have won some games that we should not have. Others where we did put the effort in we won. It is tough to judge when you are playing such a different scale of talent with teams. Against (second placed) Nottingham we didn’t play with any passion or any enthusiasm at home and it showed, while at their rink (despite a 3-0 loss) we played a lot better.”
DeCaro, 28, believes the skaters need to show “attention to details in our zone” adding: “You can get away with stuff when it’s against the ‘lower tier’ teams or some that don’t quite have the depth but when we play Nottingham and make a mistake they are going to put it in your net.
“That’s the type of stuff we need to hunker down on and get figured out” said the five-game AHLer. “It’s still kind of early; we’ll see what happens.”