Fife Flyers have bolstered their squad with the signing of Nico Sachetti - and they are now expected to go with an extra import for the very first time.
The former Dundee Stars forward finally got clearance to fly in this week, and makes his debut against Edinburgh Capitals on Boxing Day.
He returns to the UK after playing in Russia and Austria - and Flyers are hoping he makes just as big an impact as he did in Tayside.
And, the Press understands, no-one will be departing, allowing the club to pick a healthy scratch each game night - a luxury not previously afforded to the coaching team.
It means Todd Dutiaume, head coach, can give injured players more rest time, and also add the spice of competition for starting slots across the bench.
It’s a major departure for a club which has previously gone with fewer then the maximum number of imports - but it could be key to their challenge for conference honours and the play-offs.
Sachetti was a draft pick of Dallas Star at the age of 17 and is a proven goalscorer. Of equal importance, he isn’t new to the UK game having had a solid season with Stars in 2013-14 where he delivered 30+33 in 43 games.
That’s the sort of production Dutiaume is looking for as he looks ahead to the second half of highly competitive EIHL.
His forwards have struggled to find peak form in tight games, and the extra competition could be the spark they need.
Sachetti was a product of the University of Minnesota from where he was drafted by his local NHL out who noted his hefty 38 goals in 25 games.
They then sent him to Omaha Lancers in the UHL where he was part of the Clark Cup winning roster.
Since then Sachetti has played in Holland where he delivered 59 points in 36 games as part of the championship winning Hague HYS outfit.
At Dundee he helped the club to land the conference title, and as a teenager he won bronze with the USA at the world under-19 championships.
His NHL scouting report noted he was a ‘‘skilled forward who sees the ice well,’’ and added that ‘‘he has a nose for the net.’’
That’s the sort of testimonial Dutiaume wants to see transferred to the ice.
The coach said:‘‘Nico is a player that we have been interested in for a number of years. He is a big strong guy with a heavy shot who we feel has the capability of putting up good numbers and give our offensive production a boost.’’
Sachetti will wear the #21 jersey.