Doug Christiansen is just a handful of players away from completing the squad that he hopes can retain the Elite League title for the Belfast Giants.
And if his latest signing, 27-year-old Canadian Sam Roberts, lives up to expectations then the Giants will be hard to stop.
Roberts comes with a reputation of being not only a tough defenceman, but one with the ability to score goals — which he proved by his record last season, as he finished as the highest scoring defenceman in the Austrian League, with 13 goals in 35 games.
Having played alongside fellow Giants new-boy Will Colbert at both university and in the East Coast Hockey League, with the Gwinnett Gladiators, they are expected to form a defensive partnership at the Odyssey that will strike fear into opposing offensive lines.
“There is no doubt that Sam has been able to have some great offensive years,” said Christiansen.
“My expectation of Sam is to be a player who can jump into the rush and be effective on the power play.
“He has played with Will Colbert for a number of years and they have a lot of chemistry on the penalty kill and five-on-five.
“Sam is hungry to play in Belfast and be a go-to player. I am looking forward to working with him to achieve our goals.”
Roberts is coming to Belfast with the intention of helping the Giants to be right in the mix for the Elite League title again next season.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the top organisations in the EIHL,” said Roberts.
“I am looking forward to playing for coach Christiansen and hopefully help continue the winning tradition in Belfast.”
Christiansen is still in the market for two more import defencemen and three forwards for the forthcoming campaign.