Winger Eric Neiley was Sheffield Steelers’ most successful player, according to the statistics
Eric Neiley was Sheffield Steelers' top statistical performer in the 26 games he played in the 2018-19 season.
Steelers' season came to a close last weekend, a week early, in the play off quarter finals. They were a seventh-placed team, scoring 183 goals and conceding 20 more.
And when the dust had settled Neiley - thought to be pondering a move to his former ECHL team Atlanta Gladiators - emerged top of the plus-minus pile, a statistic which represents when a player was on the ice when a goal was scored or conceded.
Some at the wrong end of the Steelers' scale, were some of the club's biggest ice-time loggers.
Neiley, who arrived at Steelers from Milton Keynes Lightning, top-scored with +4. He was a valuable and versatile performer who popped up on first and fourth lines to suit Tom Barrasso’s agenda, over the season.
Underneath him on +3 were wingers Jonathan Phillips and Anthony DeLuca.
Other plus-minus skaters:
+2: Evan McGrath.
Level: Mark Matheson, Jordan Griffin, Silvestrs Selickis.
-1: Jonas Westerling, Brandon Whistle, Jiri Gula.
-2: Aaron Johnson, Ryan Martinelli, Chris Lawrence, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Ryan Martindale.
-3: Jordan Owens, Kieran Brown.
-4: Jonas Fredriksson, Ben O'Connor.
-5: Justin Buzzeo, John Armstrong.
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-6: Stefan Della Rovere, Tom Zanoski.
-7: Josh Pitt, Tanner Eberle.
-8 Robert Dowd.
-9 Brendan Brooks.
-10: Josh McFadden, Davey Phillips.
Meanwhile, the four teams in the play off finals are preparing for the season finale.
Saturday 13th April: Semi Finals @ Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham.
Belfast Giants v Guildford Flames - 1pm
Cardiff Devils v Nottingham Panthers - 5pm
Sunday 14th April
3rd/4th Place Game - 12pm
Grand Final - 4pm