Kyle Turris has never scored more than 29 points in a single season. He has long been considered a very talented skater, but never seemed to put it all together. Early last season, the Ottawa Senators picked up Turris from the already offensively-challenged Phoenix Coyotes, ending his long-standing dispute with the team, for David Rundblad and a pick. Turris already blossomed in Ottawa last season, but ten points through eleven games have him on pace for his most productive season ever – even in a lockout-shortened season of just 48 games.
The question remains whether the 23-year old center can remain consistent throughout the year.
Turris has always had elite scoring potential, but disagreements with Phoenix Coyotes’ bankrupted front office made him a detriment to the clubhouse. Meanwhile, playing for one of the NHL’s weakest offenses inhibited production and limited his value. In a wide-open offense with the Ottawa Senators, the center is finally realizing his potential.
At just 23, the Ottawa Senators have picked up another young scoring talent in Turris. With veterans like Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza leading the clubhouse and exciting young players like Erik Karlsson making plays, the Senators represent a rare balance of youth and leadership. Turris will be kept in line by veterans and kept happy by scoring opportunities.
In the end, this is a match made in heaven for both the player and the Ottawa Senators, and there is no reason to think his early production will drop off as the season goes on.