Kyle Turris off to Impressive Start for Ottawa Senators

By Patrick Schmidt
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The Ottawa Senators are one of the surprise teams at the start of the season with six points in the first four games of the season and currently sit one point behind the Boston Bruins for the division lead in the Northeast Division in the Eastern Conference.

A large part behind the Senators early success is the play of 23 year-old Center Kyle Turris who has four goals and five points to lead the team in scoring. Entering his first season with the team after coming over from the Phoenix Coyotes in a trade involving defenseman David Rundbland and a second-round pick, Turris has shown maturity and the skills that made him the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Turris was rushed to the Coyotes after being drafted and placed with unrealistic expectations and was unable to fulfill his vast potential and coupled with a rocky relationship with the front office landed him in Ottawa where the Senators were hoping playing on a team with veterans like Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson would dim the spotlight that has shown on Turris since he first set his skates on the ice.

The trade is looking like a steal for the Senators as Turris looks to be playing free and easy and ready to eradicate the memories of his time in Phoenix with every shift in Ottawa and is looking like one of the breakout stars in the league this season, and despite the All-Star Game being cancelled as a result of the lockout he would be in line to make the team if he keeps lighting the lamp at the rate he has to start the season.

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