Versatile 29-year-old Eric Meland is the next new name in Aaron Fox’s first Sheffield Steelers teams.
The American heads to Yorkshire after a season and a half with Hungarian EBEL side Fehérvár AV19, where he played 54 games and returned 26 points.
“Eric is that swing guy I have been targeting” said Fox. “He’s played predominantly as a defenseman for the last few years but played forward when he was younger and did so again in the middle of last season. Eric played really well in that position. He is comfortable on the wing or as a centre where he played a top 6 role at the end of last year.”
“You also get that responsibility in his own end for a forward due to playing most his career as a defenseman, which will also help with some matchups. We can have some creativity with our line-up this way. We can use Eric in a Top 6 D role when we have any injuries back there and a Top 9 role up front when fully healthy on the back end. He really liked the idea of being slotted in different spots and will bring some energy to our line-up wherever he plays.”