Roy is pick of Sheffield Steelers’ crop

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Gerad Adams says Mathieu Roy has been the surprise package of the new season.

“I knew he was going to be a good player, I just didn’t know he was going to be this good” admitted the coach, after seeing the winger score eight points in his first three games.

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers' top scorer

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers' top scorer

The 27-year-old French Canadian has been an inspiring feature of what may turn out to be the Elite League’s hottest line, alongside Michael Forney and Colton Fretter.

Roy’s skating style had been questioned before his arrival - but any doubts have been put to bed since his arrival on the UK scene.

“He is a lot better in some areas than I thought he was going to be” said Adams.

“Roy, Fretter and Forney feed off each other, they move the puck so quickly” he said.

The line’s ability to turn defence into attack - and their general understanding after such a short time together - has been one of the plus points of a season that has started with three consecutive wins.

When Tyler Mosienko, Pascal Morency and Mark Thomas return to the squad, he will have an embarrassment of riches.

Adams will have to decide what to do with the extra import Devin Didiomete when Mosienko returns from suspension, against Cardiff Devils, on September 27. He said a final ruling had yet to be taken.

He also said Rod Sarich was “coming on nicely” after his year out of the game.

“Rod is coming on nicely. He has started to trust his instincts on the ice getting a little bit involved in the offence. There are a few areas for him to improve but that is to be expected.”