Sheffield Steelers line up keeps rivals guessing

Flashback: Gord Baldwin defending Sheffield Steelers goal against Coventry Blaze last season
Flashback: Gord Baldwin defending Sheffield Steelers goal against Coventry Blaze last season
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Gerad Adams cannot predict an obvious stand-out star performer in his hockey class of 2014-15 - and he doesn’t think anybody else in the Elite League could, either.

The Sheffield Steelers coach says he has recruited such a varied array of talent that it’s hard to pick out just one potential talisman or crowd favourite.

“I don’t want to heap any pressure on individuals, but I am very keen to work with Jay Latulippe again; I’ve worked with him in the past and I know his personality” said Adams.

“If other clubs are looking at our roster they’d have a hard time picking a headline player. Colton Fretter scored goals in bigger and better leagues than our and there’ll be an expectation for him to do it here. Mathieu Roy and Michael Forney are quality players and sometimes Rob Dowd gets lost in conversations about offence - he is going to have a very good season.

“I haven’t started deciding combinations yet, you have to see them in practice as sometimes players don’t click, but I think we’ll have three lines capable of scoring. And I do anticipate a tough-gritty line of Latulippe in the middle with Jonathan Phillips and Jason Hewitt on the wings, with Phil Hill spotting in.”

Adams added: “I think this team is going to make the fans happy. It’s got a balance of skill and hard work. The new players understand that to come here means you have to win - you are expected to win every game.”

Sheffield begin their season with a friendly against Coventry Blaze on August 30.