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Player Spotlight: Kyle Turris

Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 10:55 AM / Features
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Player Spotlight: Kyle Turris

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

KYLE TURRIS

2011-12 stats (with Ottawa): 49 GP, 12 G, 17 A, 29 PTS, 27 PIM, +12 rating

Last season: With the Senators searching to fill a need on their second line, general manager Bryan Murray pulled the trigger on a Dec. 17 deal that brought Turris to Ottawa in exchange for defenceman David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick. He proved to be just the right fit for head coach Paul MacLean, who gave the young centre a prominent role among his top six forwards from the get-go and kept them there all season. The native of New Westminster, B.C., established career highs in goal, assists and points in just 49 games in Ottawa, showing the kind of offensive ability that made Turris the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The highlight: In a lot of fans' eyes, Turris provided one of the highlights of the season during the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers. After the Senators rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime in Game 4, Turris took a drop pass from Jim O'Brien and snapped a quick wrist shot from the left faceoff circle over Blueshirts goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's glove at the 2:42 mark of the extra period to give Ottawa a series-tying 3-2 win.

Looking forward: How excited is Turris about his future in the nation's capital? The definitive answer came last week, when he inked a five-year extension with the Senators that will keep him with the team through the 2017-18 season. At 23 years old, he's just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential and believes he can someday mature into a 30-goal scorer. The Senators, meanwhile, feel he solidifies their second-line centre spot for the moment, with Murray suggesting Turris could mature into a first-liner down the road.

Quote: “To be able to play that role for the whole season after I got here ... it's amazing what it does for your confidence and for your self-esteem. Ultimately, it makes you a better hockey player, knowing that people have confidence in you and they're allowing you to play the way you can play because they believe in you. I can't thank coach MacLean enough and the guys on the team enough for giving me that opportunity.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
2 TBL 36 21 11 4 117 96 46
3 DET 35 18 8 9 100 87 45
4 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
5 BOS 35 18 14 3 91 91 39
6 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
7 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
8 BUF 35 13 19 3 69 115 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 34 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 34 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 31 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 32 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 33 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 31 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 32 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 31 7 8 -7 15
D. Legwand 34 6 8 -5 14
M. Michalek 30 3 6 -8 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 9 4 .929 2.41
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93