Where will Turris fit on the Senators' depth chart? (PHOTO: Norm Hall, Getty Images)

Where Does Turris Fit In?


Now that the deal for Kyle Turris is done (for better or for worse) by GM Bryan Murray, it is now time for Paul MacLean to fit him into a lineup that is already replete with forwards.  When healthy, Ottawa now has 13 forwards on one-way contracts, which doesn’t bode well for Kaspars Daugavins, as the lone forward with a 2 way deal.

Assuming Murray will be pressuring MacLean to not make his trade look bad, Turris will be given ample opportunity to play in the top 6.  With Milan Michalek out for an indeterminate period of time, the Senators’ top 6 will contain Spezza, Alfredsson, Foligno, Regin, Greening and Turris in some combination.  When Michalek returns from his concussion, it will probably knock Greening (or possibly Regin) out of the mix.  The snowball effect will likely mean a demotion to Binghamton for Daugavins, who has played well enough to stay in the NHL, but those are the perils of having a 2 way contract.   It will also force either Bobby Butler or Zenon Konopka to the press box every night, and one of Greening and Regin to the third line.

If Turris is going to make the  transition to front line player, his and the Senators’ best option might be to start him with Alfredsson and Spezza.  He never had the chance to play with that kind of talent in Phoenix, and if they can’t make him fit in then nothing will.  This means that a line of Greening-Regin-Foligno will have to shoulder the load of secondary scoring, at least until Michalek returns and by that point hopefully the Senators see what they have in Turris.

Best case scenario, Turris becomes a solid second line player who chips in 50-60 points a season.  Worst case scenario he flames out and becomes another third or fourth liner on a team filled with them, and forces a good third liner to the minors.  I am still not overly optimistic that it will be the best case that occurs.


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  • SenatorsFan

    @alfieisgod @fansided @senshot interesting read but I don’t get why you would put him with alfie and spezz. Entire point was to get a 2nd C

  • alfieisgod

    @SenatorsFan I think you need to get him involved early when he gets here, and I think that would be the best way to get him some confidence

  • alfieisgod

    @SenatorsFan he hasn’t shown the ability to be a consistent 2nd line centre, the confidence comes first, then move him there to carry a line

  • BlueLineStation

    @alfieisgod @senshot He replaces Filatov as the underachieving skilled forward who constantly has contract issues.

  • Zepphead

    @BlueLineStation @alfieisgod @senshot #FillyDontDoRebounds Classic

  • SenatorsFan

    @alfieisgod I just don’t know what would create more pressure. Playin with stars in new pos with high expectations, or 2nd line C right away

  • alfieisgod

    @SenatorsFan the way Spezz and Alfie are going, points will come naturally, just by being with them. Then try him centreing the 2nd line

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  • slavitch

    It’s clear from the team’s treatment of Filatov that The Paulrus in in charge, and he has clear ideas of what he likes and doesn’t like. Clearly, he didn’t like Rundblad, who wanted to go back to Sweden instead of playing in the AHL and learning the ropes. Compare this with Erik Karlsson, who volunteered to go down there and got the shit kicked out of him by AHL oafs when they could catch him, which wasn’t often. He did his time. Jacob Silfverberg elected to go back to the SEL instead of playing in the AHL. He made a promise, so there’s that, but unless he shows intent to fully buy into The Paulrus’s system next year expect him to be dealt as well, probably at the draft.

    Paul Maclean knows Kyle Turris more than we do. It’s clear that he suggested Turris to The Bryan from the get-go. Turris might get some favoritism here due to the cost of the trade and Paul Maclean’s intent, but I sense he knows more than you and I know, so let’s see what happens.

    In any event, Ottawa’s most likely out of the draft lottery, and once you get past the top 5 there is a thicket of D,