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Turris excited about being Sens’ likely top center

Jul 11, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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With Jason Spezza out of town, the Ottawa Senators likely turn to 24-year-old forward Kyle Turris as their top center for the 2014-15 season.

Turris believes that the sometimes-painful taste of being a No. 1 center when Spezza was injured in 2011-12 might just serve him well if he’s thrust into that role full-time, as he told the Ottawa Sun.

“This upcoming year, if I’m put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it,” Turris said. “If I get that opportunity I’ll be excited about the challenge, that’s for sure.”

Despite having 2012 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, a pair of streaky but potentially difference-making goalies and a talented young power forward in Bobby Ryan, the Senators generally seem like a rebuilding team on paper.

Turris seems to believe that this group is capable of big things, however.

“Oh without question, I think we’ve got a definite playoff team and not just a playoff team, I feel we’ve got a group that can make a run in the playoffs,” said Turris. “I definitely feel we have a real good team.”

The accuracy of that claim will probably hinge on how well Turris handles his expected bump to unquestioned go-to guy.

  1. easyisle - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Number 1 center? Good news for Kyle Turris, bad news for the Sens.

    • pfhockey - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Guy would be a great no.2 center. A good no.1, he’s young, and getting better every year. Good all around player.

      • flyerspsu - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        a “good #1” seems a bit much for turris, hes talented but far from being a good #1 on a good team

      • flyerspsu - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        look around the league, there is no good team/contender that has a someone like turris as their #1 center, hes a default at this point

      • pfhockey - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        I just meant good as in solid. The way he’s playing, with an all around game, It wouldn’t be surprising to see him put up 60+point seasons on a regular basis, barring injuries that is. He only has decent wingers beside him not named Ryan. And like spezz said below, he’s technically been their no.1 for a while now. Could you look for a no.1 in the league? Maybe, but the sens shouldn’t be worried. They’ll have a great one-two punch with Mika and Turris.

      • elrock7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Bobby Ryan shaking his head, wishing he was back in Anaheim.

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      God speed to this ‘paper-mache’ franchise !

      signed … SC Champion LA Kings Nation :)

  2. lowenni - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Although he’s obviously not an ideal 1C, I really like Kyle Turris. He’s got great skill in every offensive department–accurate shot, great passer, good vision, and above average skating. What I really saw improve from him this year however was his defensive play and all around effort, he hustles hard and I respect that. If the Sens had been loaded with more depth this past year he would’ve been a great 2C behind a Jason Spezza at his best. Sens won’t make the playoffs next year, but their fans should be excited about what’s to come from this kid.

  3. spezzdispenser - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    He’s basically been their #1 center the last couple of years. If you look at his ice time, most nights he was playing more than Spezza. Spezza being gone just makes it official.

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