Sheffield Steelers’ veteran may be left out in the cold again

Jeff Legue - Sheffield Steelers veteran of nine season
Jeff Legue - Sheffield Steelers veteran of nine season

Will coach Paul Thompson tinker with a winning Sheffield Steelers formula tonight?

Or will veteran forward Jeff Legue, for the second match running, have to sit out a game?

That’s the dilemma Thompson faces as Sheffield visit Coventry Blaze.

Legue was dropped before Sunday’s 6-4 win at Nottingham Panthers - it would have been his 500th game. The coach must now decide whether he can afford to make adjustments after one of their best road performances of the campaign.

Thompson has declined to discuss the matter. But his record would suggest that while he wants players to feel as included as possible in the grand strategy, he’s not one to rotate the squad for the sake of it. In which case, I believe Legue will be the unlucky one at Coventry.

One player entirely safe is Tyler Mosienko - he has become quite an enigma this season.

He is the club’s top scorer with 12 goals and 18 assists in 26 games, yet he is seldom partnered with the other leading scorers.

Earlier in the season he was on a line with Mike Duco and Jonathan Phillips. Last Sunday, he was playing alongside Luke Ferrara and Guillaume Desbiens. Yet he has staked more assists than anybody on the team and only Mathieu Roy has hit the net more often.

Meanwhile Steelers will continue to try and improve their Power Play tonight and tomorrow at home to Fife Flyers.

Their 12 per cent scoring rate remains the lowest in the Elite League.

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