Tyler Mosienko has been handed the key role of being centreman on Sheffield Steelers’ first line.
He will line up alongside last year’s top scorer Mathieu Roy and Colton Fretter.
Coach Paul Thompson said: “I like to keep pairs of players like Fretter and Roy together and then roll a third guy.
“But we expect to start this weekend (back-to-back friendlies against Braehead Clan) with Mosienko between them.”
Thompson said it was a mark of how much Mosienko had impressed so far and a reflection of his form last year.
“I like centreman to have energy and never to be more than ten feet away from the puck in every zone” said the coach.
“He was a very good player last year. Mike Forney, in the same spot was a hell of a player.
“Mosikenko might not be quite as offensive as him but he is more rounded.”
The appointment underlines the strides the tenacious forward has made since being sacked by his Danish club last year for his part in a much-publicised spot-fixing controversy.
There was never any doubt about his ability - and now he has proved how crucial he is to Steelers as a central, trustworthy figure on and off the ice.
The 31-year-old Canadian scored 66 points in 64 regular season games, most of them assists.
Steelers face off at iceSheffield against Braehead on Saturday (7pm) with only a few tickets left for sale - a larger amount are available for the Sunday contest (6pm) against the Scots.