Two more NHLers Join the EIHL
The Braehead Clan have strengthened their squad with the signing of Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller. Whilst the Sheffield Steelers have swooped for Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito. Miller, who won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, and Sestito become the second and third NHLers to join the EIHL after Anthony Stewart signed for the Nottingham Panthers.
It could well be a sign of more to come. The AHL and ECHL seasons are getting underway in North America and squads there are beginning to take shape whilst over here EIHL big guns Belfast Giants have yet to make announcement and the Coventry Blaze are still in limbo on the Mike Danton situation. All eyes were on the Sheffield Steelers following the axing of Corey Pecker last week but they made their move and now rumours are circulating that another EIHL contract is out there.
Some EIHL fans have however be a little disillusioned by the caliber of NHL players making the switch to the EIHL during the lockout. Miller like Carolina’s Stewart is a regular third and fourth liner whilst 25 year old Sestito has only iced 14 times for the Philadelphia Flyers.
But the fact that a smaller market team like the Braehead Clan has attracted an NHLer is a massive boost for the league. It is also a sign of the work put it in by the Clan that a start up organisation entering their third season can attract a regular starter in the NHL.
Fans in Sheffield though may well be feeling that their NHLer is lacking in comparison. 25 year old Sestito has only iced 27 games in his NHL career with Columbus and Philadelphia compared to Stewarts 200+ and Millers Stanley Cup but Sestito does offer something that was missing in the Steelers line up. Toughness. In his short NHL career Sistito has amassed a number of penalty minutes include 83 in 14 games last season and Steelers head coach Ryan Finnerty has brought in an NHLer that matches his teams ability. However the American may have to be on his best behaviour to afford the EIHL’s social media policy.