Tigers Push Forward with Signings

Telford have made their first signings under new owner Wayne Scholes and they will not disappoint but will they make the Tigers silverware candidates this season. In a twitter exchange Scholes thinks his changes will be making the top four nervous.

First on the dotted the line was Adam Walker. The Scottish born forward spent 4 seasons with the Manchester Phoenix icing in both the Elite League and the Premier League with the side. Walker was part of the Phoenix outfit that went to two Elite League cup finals in 2008. After a season in the EPL Walker returned to the Elite League with Braehead Clan.

Walker is a points score but perhaps lacked some consistency in the Elite League. 29 points in 2011-12 were backed up with 13 last season but at the EPL level that will change. For a 102 point man during his last time out in the EPL it is surprising other teams did not go for the Scot. The Wildcats could be kicking themselves about now for not moving after the Towe debacle.

Alongside Walker is a new man to the EPL in Finnish Forward Timo Kuuluvainen. The experienced Finn has played mostly in the Finnish second tier but as also spent time in France with Epinal and Strasbourg. Kuuluvainen is less of a point scorer but could add some grit to a young Tigers outfit.

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New Signing Adam Walker

These are two good signings for the Tigers. So far this season the Tigers have struggled for goals having hit the net just 38 times with teams in the top half of the table hitting through approaching and passing 60 barrier. But the Tigers main worry really is at the back.

Young goaltenders Declan Ryan (20) and Sam Gospel (19) have performed outstanding but in short are seeing too much rubber. Whilst the Tigers have conceded similar numbers to the teams around them Peterborough, Slough and the Sheffield Steeldogs all conceded double figures in one game against the Manchester Phoenix.

The two new signings will help the Tigers and will make the race for the playoffs very interesting with potentially now 5 teams being in contention to miss out on a spot. Then who knows they could well cause an upset over 2 games. However an offence does not win championships a team’s defence does. With Tigers already having a lot of ground to make up it could be tall order to ask for too much more. However Scholes did hint that more maybe about to come saying ‘the best magicians never stop surprising’.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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