Fan Chat: Sens' Kyle Turris answers your questions
We asked for some feedback on Facebook; now Ottawa centre provides answers
|Senators centre Kyle Turris believes he has the potential to be a 30-goal scorer, one of several questions posed to him by fans of the team on the Sens' Facebook page last week (Getty Images).
Last week, we took to the social media world — more specifically, our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ottawasenators) — and asked fans to submit some questions for Turris, the Senators' overtime hero in Game 4. For a first time go at this, we got a decent response and we'd like to thank all those who chimed in.
Today, we took a selection of them to Turris' stall in the Senators dressing room and got him to provide some responses. Here is what the 22-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., had to say before he headed off to New York with his teammates for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Rangers:
Q: Which teammate do you get along with the most? — James Storey
KT: We all mesh together so well and have such good chemistry that we all hang out together. I'm with Cons (Erik Condra) quite a bit and Dog Man (Kaspars Daugavins) and Nicky (Foligno) and OB (Jim O'Brien) and Smitty (Zack Smith). We all hang out together quite a bit.
Q: Do you think you can be a 30-plus goal scorer in the NHL? — Tabi Cat
KT: I think so. I really think I can score 30 in this league. I'm excited to try to do it.
Q: Do you feel you can learn things from teammates like Alfie and Chris Phillips? — Tracy Snowdon
KT: There's so much I can learn from them. Leadership-wise and how they conduct themselves and so much off the ice. But on the ice, their work ethic and the way they lead by example. How skilled they are in certain situations and how patient they can be.
Q: What is the playoff atmosphere in Ottawa like compared to Phoenix? — Brandon Bennett
KT: It's unreal. In Phoenix, we had pretty good crowds for the playoffs against Detroit (last year), but most of them were Detroit fans. It was that 'Go Wings Go' chant in our building. But it was unbelievable here the other night and the last couple of (home games) have been lots of fun.
Q: What do you feel you need to work on this summer to become a better player? — Brandon Ferguson
KT: Everything. I've definitely got to get stronger and put on a bit of weight. Get more explosive. And there's faceoffs ... there's lot of things I need to do to improve.
Q: What's your go-to snack before a game? — Kim Lalonde-Rogers
KT: I have a protein bar when I get to the rink. Maybe some fruit, too.
Q: How much difference in pressure/expectations have you noticed since coming to Ottawa? — Jack Shaver
KT: The guys in the room and the coaching staff and everybody here do such a great job of making you feel comfortable and avoiding the pressure. So I haven't felt so much pressure.
Q: How hard was it to adjust from the desert climate to a cold Canadian winter? — Matt Pilon
KT: It wasn't that bad. I went to school for a year in Wisconsin, so I kind of knew what to expect.
Q: How has the transition been in terms of playing in a market where hockey is front-page news instead of back-page news (especially come playoff time)? — Mario Allain
KT: It's been real exciting. I grew up in Vancouver, which is a big Canadian market. It was kind of weird going down to Phoenix and seeing how it is down there. It's really fun here and makes everything more exciting.