Sean Bentivoglio’s move to Cardiff Devils is the latest addition to a growing list of impressive signings made by Elite League clubs this summer.
Devils’ 2015/16 campaign ended in disappointment, but with the likes of Bentivoglio (above), Matthew Myers and Scott Hotham already added to the roster the club’s fans could be in for an exciting time next season.
Sheffield Steelers claimed the league title last year, although netminding was one area that Head Coach Paul Thompson was keen to improve upon.
Ervins Mustukovs backstopped the Steelers to the title in 2010/11 and Thompson has brought the Latvian stopper back as the Yorkshire outfit target a third successive title.
Steelers are likely to be installed as favourites with 888sport hockey betting odds, but Belfast Giants could be value if they can build on some noteworthy summer acquisitions.
Stephen Murphy and Jackson Whistle will arguably be the strongest netminding pairing in the league, while new forwards Steve Saviano and Alex Foster are more than capable of making a big impact on the British game.
Evan Mosey’s departure from Nottingham Panthers was a huge blow to the club, and while new signings Jeff Brown and Matt Carter look to be solid additions it seems likely Head Coach Corey Neilson will have an ace or two up his sleeve ahead of the new season.
Braehead Clan were fancied to lift last season’s title but ultimately came up short.
Corey Cowick and Trevor Hendrikx will add some much needed toughness to the Clan roster and if Head Coach Ryan Finnerty can add a quality netminder they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Fife Flyers are traditionally slow to assemble their roster and this summer has been no different, but the additions of Kyle Follmer (above) and Mathew Sisca are a sign that the club is still heading in the right direction.
Dundee Stars are another team who targeted an improvement in the netminding department.
Head Coach Marc LeFebvre secured the services of Joe Fallon earlier this summer and the Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick could be an inspired signing for the Taysiders.
New Coventry Blaze boss Danny Stewart has been tasked with restoring some pride to the club after a disappointing 2015/16 season and he has brought in Matt Marquardt and Garrett Klotz to add extra grit to the roster.
Manchester Storm resurfaced last year to much fanfare, but the pressure will be on next season to deliver success.
Cody Cartier and Mark Healtley are quality additions, while ‘ultimate franchise guy’ Eric Neilson will undoubtedly be a fan favourite.
Edinburgh Capitals endured a miserable time last time around, but their long-suffering fans could be set for an interesting season.
New signings Pavel Vorobyev and Jared Staal both have NHL experience, and if the Capitals navigate the campaign without losing key players they could be a surprise package.
With just a few weeks to go before the start of the season it’s possible we’ve yet to see the biggest signing of the summer.
The question is – who will it be and which team will make it?