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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06