DANNY Meyers likes to turn a negative into a positive.
So when the Sheffield Steelers defenceman runs his eye down the statistics reflecting the goal output of some of the forwards in front of him on the ice, he isn’t too worried.
While Steelers had until recently enjoyed single occupancy of the top position in the Elite League, some of their skaters have being going through a thin time in front of goal.
Star player Jeff Legue has one goal in six. Shawn Limpright has one in seven. Ashley Tait has none in seven. Tylor Michel has one in nine. Jason Hewitt has notched a single goal so far this season while Steve Goertzen and Tom Sestito haven’t a point to show for their last three games.
“I wasn’t aware of those stats and I don’t really care,” said Meyers.
“Ask any of us if they care about who scores or whether we have taken the two points for a win then I know what the answer would be.
“Many a time you see a player run up a big amount of points but then isn’t re-signed by a club. That’s because we play as a team not as individuals.
“These statistics just tell me that we must have a lot of strength in depth to high up the table.
“Somebody must be scoring the goals or we wouldn’t be up there!”
Meyers drew attention to the hat-trick Colin Shields scored at Belfast last Friday, with a brace from Jonathan Phillips.
“That and the 3-0 win at Coventry were two of our best results of the season and shows what we are capable of,” he said.
He hopes Sheffield can repeat that form when they take on Coventry again tonight in the Challenge Cup Group B game. Coventry had a bruising 3-2 win at Cardiff Devils in the competition last Sunday.
They top the qualifying group by one point.