STEELERS are top of the league with maximum points and 12 goals from three games - but not everyone is firing on all cylinders.
Bench coach Neil Abel says the side can become even more potent when Mike Ramsay finds his touch.
The 27-year-old right winger has scored once during Sheffield’s early climb to the top. Abel says his output should increase soon.
“He is taking time to find form, I’m sure he will do a lot better when he gets ames under his belt.
“It has been a slow start for him, really, but playing alongside Jeff Legue means you cannot fail. Look what it did for Neil Clark last weekend (four goals and one assist.) Mike is new to the league and has yet to find his feet. He will eventually find the space and time he needs to do what he does best. It is all about understanding.”
Abel is a harsh task master. Steelers played some excellent hard-hitting hockey in the second period against Dundee Stars last Saturday, but he remarked: “We need to be doing that for three periods, not one. Players must finish off their checks on every shift.
“I’m not saying you should go in at 100mph every time, but always give your opponent a bump in the corner - don’t just let them jump back into the game.”
Abel says the dressing room chemistry of the 2011-12 side is similar to last year’s championship-winning breed under Ben Simon.
“There are a lot of new faces but we have an excellent room and it’s all coming together. We have had a few bad eggs in the past, people who just have to spoil things, but not in this team.”
This coming weekend sees Steelers play home-and-away games against Cardiff Devils, the club owned by Paul Ragan, who up until recently also had Steelers in his portfolio.
Abel said: “We had a healthy dislike of Cardiff and a decent rivalry when Ragan was with us, so if anything it will be even more competitive now.”
Devils will be looking for their first win of the season.