Another two places in Fife Flyers roster for next season were filled this week with the signings of forwards Josh Scoon and Allan Anderson.
The local duo - both Kirkcaldy born and bred - made occasional appearances on the third line last season and head coach Todd Dutiaume expects them to continue to push for more regular ice time next term.
Flyers had expected Scoon to leave the club this summer but a change in his work circumstances means the 22-year-old will now return for a fifth consecutive season.
“Scoony has been with us since he was a youngster starting out in SNL, then he made the big transition up to the Elite,” Dutiaume said.
“It hasn’t been easy for him because he hasn’t had a lot of game time, but he’s contributed a little bit on the scoresheet and scored a big goal against Edinburgh last season.
“He’s a hard working kid with a smart head on his shoulders - talk to him about systems and he gets it. We thought last year might be Scoony’s last and were debating about finding his replacement, but he’s got a job that’s local and we’re delighted to have him back.”
Anderson, nicknamed Beany, made his Flyers debut aged 16 when the club was still playing in the SNL.
When Flyers joined the Elite League in 2011, Anderson stayed in the SNL with Kirkcaldy Kestrels for two years before making the step up to the EIHL with Flyers last season.
“Beany took a while to decide he wanted to make the commitment it takes to wear the Flyers jersey,” Dutiaume explained.
“Last year he came in with the right frame of mind and impressed, but unfortunately he broke his wrist and missed the second half of last season.
“The guys liked having Beany around. We told him to get back in shape over the summer and we’d get him back in the line-up.”
Scoon and Anderson are likely to be in competition with each other for a spot on the third line.
“Healthy competition gets more out of guys,” Dutiaume stressed.
“Just because you’re competing for the same spot doesn’t mean guys aren’t friends - these guys are tight.
“But if you’re not being pushed by someone for your spot then it can be difficult to get consistency.
“There is pressure to perform all the time, but every team needs competition to get the consistency you want.”
Dutiaume hopes to be able to provide Anderson and Scoon with more game time next season, if they can prove they deserve it.
“I’m keen to avoid guys sitting out for an extended period of time because that can’t do their confidence or development any good,” he said.
“It makes my job tougher but in a good way because I get to pick guys who are impressing us and who deserve ice time.”
Dutiaume is also hoping his two ‘young guns’ can offer competition to the likes of Stephen Gunn and Jamie Wilson.
“Guys like Torch and Gunny have came on immensely but in my opinion we can get more out of them,” he added.
“Having a couple of younger guns shooting for their spot can only force them to step up to the plate every night.
“I think these guys do that already but you can always squeeze a little bit more out of guys.”