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The Turris Tease – Yea or Nay?

Jan 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at HP Pavilion. Ottawa defeated San Jose 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Since Bryan Murray pulled the  trigger on the deal earlier this season sending David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for centre Kyle Turris, Turris has been lining up as the club’s #2 centre behind Jason Spezza.  When he was acquired, he was supposed to be the answer to one of the team’s 2 major historical problems.  After nearly 3 months, there is a large enough sampling to see if that supposition was on target or not.

 

THE STATS

Turris has played 38 games in an Ottawa uniform, collecting 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points.  Over a full season, that equates to about 44 points.  He is also a +10, and has won 46.7% of his faceoffs.

Turris had a good first month with the Senators, as between Dec. 20th and Jan. 19th he notched 4 goals and 9 assists in his first 16 games.  Since then it has been a struggle to find the net, with 4 goals and 3 assists in the last 22 matches.

 

IMPACT ON THE TEAM

The Senators have a record of 22-10-6 since the deal (they were 14-15-4 before it).  Daniel Alfredsson, who has been patrolling his right wing for most of Turris’ tenure, has recorded 13 goals and 15 assists since the trade, albeit some of them have been on the power play or while promoted to the Spezza line when a goal was needed.

 

LEGITIMATE 2nd LINE CENTRE?

In his heyday as the Senators #2 centre, Mike Fisher put up seasons of 44-48-47 and 53 points.  At the time that wasn’t considered to be enough production from  the second line role and more offense was expected from that spot in the lineup.  Add to that the fact that Fisher did that without a Daniel Alfredsson on his wing and it makes you question what Turris’ upside will be.  Fisher also added a very physical presence and good defensive awareness.

 

VERDICT

So far, there is no doubt that Turris adds depth to the Senators.  Is he a legitimate 2nd line centre? Not at the moment, but he is the best option that the Sens have for the role.  He has the size, speed and shot to be an elite player, but watching him for the nearly 40 games I question whether he has the pure hockey sense to really excel in a scoring role.  At this point there isn’t a better option, but there are players coming in (Mika Zibanejad, Jacob Silfverberg among others) that will press for top 6 minutes as soon as later this season.

 

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Topics: Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Kyle Turris, Mika Zibanejad

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  • T-Money

    I think when judging Turris, we need to take this year and next year as the sample. When a player misses training camp and the beginning of the season, it drastically affects their play. You can look at Kuba last season and Carkner this season as examples of how players are affected by missing training camp.
     
    Add to the fact that the 2nd line has seem a steady flow of players on the left wing. Teams usually only have to focus on Alfie and Turris as the third player on the line is usually a grinder rather than a scorer.
     
    As for Fisher, he was playing in his 6th NHL season by the time he cracked the 40 point mark, and he was 26 yrs old, compared to Turris who is only 22 yrs old.
     
    Let’s give Turris a summer to train in Ottawa’s system and get stronger and have a full training camp under his belt before we give our verdict on him. His has the speed, the shot, and the smarts. Now all he has to do is get stronger.

  • PvR

    Further to T-Money (good thoughts by the way), we need to consider that many comments about Fisher also included reference to the size of his contract.

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