SHEFFIELD Steelers’ skaters need to become more vocal if they are to have a league championship trophy to shout about at the end of the Elite League campaign.
So says new defenceman James Jorgensen, who admits there is room for improvement in the verbal interaction that blueliners have with their own forwards.
Sheffield got caught cold last Saturday when defencemen advanced too far into enemy territory and forwards were not positioned correctly to stop counter-attacks when the puck was lost.
And much of that was down to miscommunication, says the 27-year-old from Michigan, USA.
“We are not talking enough in our own zone, two of us may be going for one guy (because of a lack of communication,) we need to sort it out need to talk more with the forwards.
“Everybody has got to talk so everyone knows what players are doing and read off of that.”
The club is icing eight new players in this campaign, but Jorgensen, who joined from Braehead Clan in the summer, doesn’t blame a lack of chemistry in the side for the two home losses.
“It was more of case of trying to do too much.
“We are a new team so we have to keep it simple not make it hard on ourselves. We have been too overly eager.
“Everybody knows their job.
“We know when we mess up and we know when do something right,” said Jorgensen, whose team won in Cardiff on Sunday, but will be looking for their first win on home ice on Saturday, against Coventry Blaze.
“We have to keep errors to a minimum and play smart hockey.
“Against Cardiff (last Saturday) we didn’t play our systems like we are supposed to.
“At the opposition blue line we were going too low into the offensive zone and puck was chipped by us, giving them the odd man advantage.
“The ‘D’ has got to realise when they can and cannot go, when to go 100 per cent or hang back.”
“It was not a great start in game one, but there are 50-60 more games so there is no reason to push the panic button” said the defenceman.