Sheffield Steelers star Robert Dowd reveals similarities between last year's team and the Valdix line
Robert Dowd admits it will feel strange pitting his wits against four former Steelers this weekend. Â
The Sheffield winger comes up against Milton Keynes Lightning quartet Andreas Valdix, Tim Wallace, Cole Shudra and Eric Neiley in the home-and-away series which opens the EIHL league programme.
"Obviously, it will be very strange not to be playing alongside them" said Dowd.Â "I thoroughly enjoyed being the same team as these guys, off and on the ice.
"Vally played a huge part in the success I had, he is super-smooth, always able to find me.
"Actually last year's line (Dowd, Valdix and Levi Nelson) reminds of this year's line, which isÂ probably why I am enjoying it so much.
"Jordan Owens absolutely hounds opponents, he never gives up on a puck, or a situation' said the 30-year-old forward,Â Evan McGrathÂ reminds me of Valdix, because of his patience and finding me in the right place. If he has got theÂ puck, he will find me."
Dowd is a natural scorer, but who else will chip in with numbers for Sheffield, who were out-
manoeuvred at Nottingham Panthers last weekend?
Dowd's line-mate McGrath was second most productive forward at Kassel Huskies in Germany last year, while Owens was fourth at Fischtown Penguins.
Both played in excellent standards, so expectations are high.
On other lines, Justin Buzzeo scored eight goals and four assists in 16 games for Ravensburg TowerÂ Stars in the DEL 2 last season, which is no mean return.
In 2016-17, he was top points scorer for Atlanta Gladiators, Eric Neiley's old team.
Also chipping in will be Ryan and Matt Rupert, Ryan was the third top scorer for Indy Fuel last
season.Â With goals thin on the ground in four of the five pre-season/Challenge Cup games, it's time to press on.Â
Especially on the Power Play '“Â Steelers wereÂ zero for six at Nottingham Panthers on Saturday.