SHEFFIELD Steelers’ players believe an uplift in Shawn Limpright’s form can set them on the road to the Elite League title.
The Canadian forward was shifted from wing to centre in two weeks ago and has been a positive influence in attack and defence since then.
And his successful partnership with linemates Tylor Michel and Jonathan Phillips will be key to Steelers starting another winning streak, says defencemen Danny Meyers.
“Limper has been fantastic over the last two weekends” said the GB skater. “He has really benefited from moving to centre, he is on the puck a lot more, which is what he wants, and probably won more Face Offs last weekend, than anybody else on our team.
“In practice he is always one of our stand-out players”” added the former Nottingham Panther.
““He has good skills and an exceptional shot. He is very good defensively in games and sometimes that goes unrecognised (by fans.) It certainly doesn’t go unrecognised by our defensive corps - we know what a pivotal role a centre has to play in the defensive structure of a team.
“It is not a coincidence that now that he is getting more confident and finding his game, the whole team is doing better.”
Meyers said it often takes time for an import to settle into a new team and a fresh league.
“There is a transformation to be made from the Central League (Rapid City Rush ) to our League and he has done that now.
“”I remember Cameron Mann coming to Nottingham (2009-10) after playing in the NHL (Boston Bruins) and the German DEL; he struggled at first and then Corey Neilson changed him from winger to centre and he just took off from there.
“”Cameron scored more than 30 goals for us once he’d found his way around.
““When you look at our team, this season, a lot of our new guys had previously been the number-one player in their previous team and to a degree their team had been almost built around them.
“But when you come here and have to take a different role it can take time to find your feet.””
Steelers play Coventry Blaze for the fifth time this season tomorrow night.
Blaze enforcer Benn Olson may be banned after a match penalty for excessive roughness at Cardiff. Blaze are appealing.