There have been many young players around the NHL that have stepped up in recent years; Kyle Turris could be looked at as one of those sort of players. He led the Ottawa Senators in goals this season with 12 and at 23 years old, is going to be looked to for continued improvement if Ottawa wants to win a Stanley Cup. I think we will be seeing bigger numbers out of Turris next year.
He scored three goals in the last four postseason games for the Senators, which bodes well for his future. You can say that the playoffs don’t matter as much about what a player does in his future, but I take great stock in the efforts that Turris put out this year. He matched his numbers from a season ago with his 29 points. He had exactly 12 goals and 17 assists during the 2011-12 season as well. When you have a player who is still this young, though, you can figure that growing pains will happen.
He will be going into his sixth season next year, so the time has come for him to either become a constant scorer or make his way as a player who scores around 30-35 points per season. The Senators are a team that could be much better next season and there might not be as much pressure put on Turris. He got his contract extension in 2012, so he should feel very secure playing for the Senators. It is now time for him to prove that he can be one of the newest young superstars in the NHL.