Kyle Turris was thrust into the number 1 centre role last season, a role he was not ready for, and probably not suited for at this point in time in his career. However, the experience he gleamed from filling Jason Spezza‘s shoes will help him and his compete level when he resumes his role as second line centre.
The Senators are in need of secondary scoring if they are going to be successful in the new look Atlantic Division. Spezza, and whoever he plays with will get their points. The pressure will be on Turris and his linemates, whoever they may be, to take some of the pressure off Spezza and become a legitimate scoring treat every night.
Turris scored 29 points (12 goals and 17 assists) in 48 games, actually matching the career highs he set the previous year in 49 games with the Senators (after going pointless in 6 games for the Coyotes). Translated to a full season, that would be a 50 point season (about 20 goals & 30 assists).
That is the kind of production (at minimum) that a second line centre on a competitive team needs to give. Can he keep that pace over the grind of a full NHL season, especially with the potential to have two new-to-him linemates?
Lets play the over/under game:
In terms of goals: