Regardless of what happens in this year’s postseason, the Ottawa Senators are probably better prepared for the future than any other franchise in the league. They have virtually no cap issues, thanks to no bad contracts, and have a farm system that is absolutely loaded.
Part of the emerging young core that is in the process of coming up is certainly going to be Kyle Turris. After several disappointing years with the Phoenix Coyotes, Turris has found himself with the Senators and become a very large piece of what they have accomplished the last two years.
There’s no doubt that the inconsistency with his playing time in Phoenix hampered his development. But with the Senators, Turris has really found himself.
No forward on the roster sees more ice time per game than Turris. He’s second in power play minutes, behind only Daniel Alfredsson. He’s gone from a potential draft bust, to a top six center for this team. He even has the numbers to back it up.
Turris’ 24 points trail only Cory Conacher, who was acquired at the trade deadline. He has eight goals and 16 assists on the season, with nine of his points coming on the power play. In just 42 games this season, he’s already nearing his career high for points.
As long as Turris continues to develop his game, his contract is going to look like a fantastic bargain for the Senators. Next year, he’ll head into the first year of a five-year deal that carries a cap hit of $3.5 million. Top six centers don’t ever come that cheap, especially with as much potential as Turris.
He may not become the superstar that his status as a third overall pick, which he was back in 2007, might indicate, but he’s still a large part of what the Senators are going to accomplish in the next several years. As long as he continues to improve, that deal is going to look fantastic for the Senators.