The Ottawa Senators saw a promising regular season lead to a trip to the playoffs in 2013, and once they got there the Senators were able to advance to the second round. While the Senators ultimately bowed out after falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins, this season was yet another one that showed Ottawa is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. With a great young core of talented offensive talent, the defense of Erik Karlsson and the goaltending of Craig Anderson, the Senators should be able to remain a postseason contender for years to come. One of their most consistent scorers this season was Kyle Turris, a former third over draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes (2007), who continues to look like he has found a home in Ottawa.
Turris led the team in scoring during the regular season with 12 goals and 29 points, a mirror image of the 12 goals and 29 points he managed in 49 games after being traded to the Senators last season. He played in every game this season, and the Senators have to be glad that they were able to sign him to a long-term contract. With the potential retirement of Daniel Alfredsson and injury issues with Jason Spezza, Turris’ production becomes even more important. The Senators will need him to turn in a similar 2013-14 season if they hope to return to the playoffs, as they also look for Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad to step up.
Turris had one decent season with the Coyotes, but the expectations for him there were consistently more than he could live up to. He continues to mature with the Senators, and the team is in great shape because of it.