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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 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 55 15 30 8 45
E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02