Fife Flyers new-look line-up will get its first airing of the new season in the double-header challenge matches against Dundee Stars this weekend.
Two more names were added to the roster this week with Canadian defenceman Justin Dacosta joining the club, along with Blair Daly, who returns as back-up netminder.
Players have been arriving in Fife throughout the week and head coach Todd Dutiaume, who is ruled out through injury, expects to be able to name eight imports in the team for the weekend.
“The guys have all been arriving this week and everybody’s keen to get things underway,” Dutiaume told the Press. “To start the season with two challenge games against one of our biggest rivals will give everyone a benchmark.
“The most important thing is figuring out how the lines work, who plays well with who, and where we can improve, but we’d love to come out with two big wins against Dundee and let everyone know we mean business.
“They’ve improved their line-up as well so it will be tough, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Flyers are still hopeful of adding two more imports to their roster before next Saturday’s league opener at home to Cardiff Devils.
Although the club has yet to confirm it, the Press understands that 28-year-old American D-man Matt Nickerson is set to become the club’s 10th import signing, pending the completion of visa paperwork.
The Press understands that Flyers have also made an offer to another import forward and are hopeful of securing the player in time for the Elite League face-off.
This week’s recruit Dacosta (28) has spent the past two seasons in Europe and North America, and his career includes time in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, Austria and Finland.
In total, the Portugese dual national has played 200 games, tallying 12 goals and 77 assists and 224 penalty minutes.
Dutiaume added: “Justin will be an offensive threat in the EIHL for us and he has good vision on the ice to see plays.
“He can move the puck quickly up the ice and make some great breakout passes for the forwards.
“We’re happy with calibre of player we’re signing at the back end.”