Who will be left out in the cold?

Danny Meyers - Sheffield Steelers. Pic: Dean Woolley
Danny Meyers - Sheffield Steelers. Pic: Dean Woolley
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Who is going to be this year’s Scott Champagne or Neil Clark at Sheffield Steelers?

The club’s skating roster is now back at full strength.

And that means the club has one more import than they are allowed to put on the ice.

In previous seasons, that has seen the likes of Clark and Champagne sitting out. It’s awkward. But that is the nature of the business.

Max Lacroix’s return to team last weekend gives coach Doug Christiansen options.

“It is going to be interesting, that’s for sure” says British d-man Danny Meyers.

“When I was at Nottingham we had to have a ‘healthy scratch’ and it was tough for Scott last season in Sheffield.

“Players could be playing well yet they have to sit out, it’s the business we are in” said Meyers

“With all the imports fit - although Max is feeling his way back after a horrific injury - the options are there and it could affect anybody. If Doug decided to keep Tim Spencer on defence and ice five import d-men, that could mean me or Mark Thomas sitting on the bench.”

Steve Goertzen was out of action last weekend while his wife gave birth, but the import captain will be back to face Coventry Blaze.

“It is a good position for Doug to be in, and a lot better than a few weeks ago when we had so many guys out” said Meyers.

“Now, after our recent spell of wins (nine points from 10) there is a rejuvenated spirit about. It is amazing what wins over Nottingham and our first win over Braehead did for us.

“It is great to see Max back too, he was our leading scorer before he got injured. His shot and stick-handling is just the same, he just needs match-fitness now.”

Lacroix scored seven goals in six games before being injured in a game against Nottingham in which he’d scored twice.