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    How awesome has Kyle Turris been this season?

    After 14 games he's been a point-per-game player, which is great in it's own way. Now take into account that he's the teams shutdown centre. His offensive zone starts is the second lowest on the team (next to line mate Clarke MacArthur) at 35.2%. That's incredibly low. So despite him starting 35.2% of his shifts in the defensive zone, he finishes 45.7% in the offensive zone and has 14 points. Looking deeper into the stats, despite his low offensive zone starts, he's scoring the most points per 60 minutes at 3.37. He's been on the ice for the most goals for on the team at 14. So, in summary, he's starting 35% of his shifts in the defensive zone, yet has been on the ice for the most goals for this year for the Sens, and has the best points per 60 minutes. He also has 14 points in 14 games. Oh, and he also has the third best on-ice shooting percentage on the Sens.

    Now we get to look into how good he is defensively. He's faced the third hardest quality of competition on the Sens after Greening and MacArthur. Greening has been thrown all over the place from top line to fourth line, so it's hard to get the right grip on him. But the Mac-Turris-Ryan line has been the shutdown line for the Sens this year, with Turris having the most responsibility on the line. He has the second best Corsi on the team, next to MacArthur. Corsi is a puck possession stat. Basically, for Corsi, you receive a plus every time your team attempts a shot while you're on the ice. You receive a minus for every time your team allows an attempted shot when you're on the ice. Turris is the second best Corsi-wise on the Sens. He's second on the team in penalties drawn per 60 minutes with 1.8 drawn each 60 minutes (he takes 0.9 per game...so for every penalty he takes he draws two penalties). The only one higher on the team is Matt Kassian who plays such little minutes that his stats are skewed. He has the fourth best on ice save percentage on the Sens. Matt Kassian is above him (skewed stats, as I said) and so is Da Costa who only played four games. So, in reality, he's second on the team. Impressive.

    He has the second best goals for while on the ice per 60 minutes on the team next to MacArthur. He also has the second best goals against while on the ice per 60 minutes next to MacArthur. In summary of this entire post: Turris gets a ton of points, despite being put in defensive situations. But he also thrives defensively.

    He's been our best player.

  • #2
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    That whole line of MacArthur-Turris-Ryan is MONEY in all situations.

    This is why I was so excited to trade for Turris in the first place. Kid has so much potential and now its coming to bear.

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    • #3
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      Great write up, Brandon. I completely agree; he's been our best player so far this season. I agree with you too Matt - it's exciting to see him grow into his potential and make his home here.

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      • #4
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        Matt - I thought his potential was about 65 points (and I'm still not sure if he could keep up a point-per-game over the course of an 82 game season), but I did not expect this type of defensive play. He's so much better than expected in that regard. He is literally the perfect second line centre this team has been looking a long, long time for.

        Josh - Thanks. All the stats were taken from Behind the Net for anybody that's interested in this type of stuff. It definitely gives you an idea of what to expect from a player.

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        • #5
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          And another fantastic game from that whole line. Turris is a lynchpin - Ryan and MacArthur have the freedom to do what they do because they know Turris will back them up. It also helps that the 2 wingers are naturally good skaters that backcheck.

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          • #6
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            It's true, Turris had another great game for us ad drove our success.

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            • #7
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              Turris adds an empty-net goal. He had some bad turnovers to start the game but was a huge reason they put three goals past Price.

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              • #8
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                Fire Therrien

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                • #9
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                  Can't say enough about that second line...!

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                  • #10
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                    Can't say Fire Therrien enough

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Josh
                      Can't say enough about that second line...!
                      Yes..."second" line...

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                      • #12
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                        Kyle Turris on his development, line and more

                        Those of you looking for early season Sens MVPs to this point would be hard-pressed to not have Kyle Turris on your tentative list. Not only has he produced offensively — he has 18 points in 18 games, which puts him second on the team behind Bobby Ryan — he has also played a key role for the Sens on each special teams unit.

                        Here's what he had to say on his play to this point...

                        On his growth this season:

                        Ever since I got here people have used this term "breaking out" and that sort of saying and ever since I got here I've been getting more and more comfortable and I feel I've played alright my first two years. If we played 82 games both of those years I'd be on pace for close to 50 points so I don't feel breaking out would be the right word. I'm just trying to help the team, whether it's putting up points or playing well defensively or doing different things. Playing with Bobby and Clarke is unbelievable, they're amazing players and we've got a lot of chemistry right now and we're just trying to build off of it. I'm doing alright this year but there's still room for improvement and I'm just trying to keep it going and help the team win.

                        On the extra attention from opponents:

                        It's just stuff that, like you said, last year was a big learning experience for me. I've never been a first line centre and got that attention from other teams and I learned a lot from it. I admire Spezz for what he does every night, taking that. It's just something where this year I'm taking what I learned last year and applying it to the role I've got this year and ultimately I'm just trying to help Spezz. I know what it's like to take all that heat from last year and everything from the other teams, the top pairings, top D and it's tough. When you have secondary help, it can help you a little bit and that's what our line is just trying to do for Spezz. We're just trying to help him out and take a little bit of the heat off of him.

                        On his line's 200 foot play:

                        We all take pride in our zone, it's something that we never want to be a minus or giving up opportunities for the other team to score or get momentum. It's something we take pride in and Bobby and Clarke are both great defensively and we're just trying to be strong in our end and we find we get more offence out of it because we're coming out of the zone with speed and able to play more in their end.

                        On going from playing against Bobby and Clarke to being linemates:

                        It's a lot more fun playing with them, that's for sure. I knew Bobby lots before — I actually knew him a bit as a person before too — but he's one of the best goal scorers in hockey, one of the best players in hockey and I knew that coming in. I was really excited that we traded for him this summer. I knew he'd be a great addition and he'd fit really well in the locker room and same with Clarke. They're such good guys and they gel so well with everybody here in the locker room and I think that's part of what made us a good line so far is we've been able to mesh. Clarke I know playing against him in Toronto, he's just a smart player with lots of speed, a good shot, he sees the ice well and it's something he and I like to work is the give-and-go to create space for each other.

                        As the head coach who has presided over the duration of Turris' time in Ottawa, here's what Paul MacLean had to say on his development...

                        On Turris' growth over his time:

                        He's maturing as a player. He has learned how to play, he plays in the middle of the rink, he plays 200 feet, he distributes puck. I think Kyle has really matured into a really good NHL player. He has been very consistent. I think his growth since he has been here in Ottawa has been a real credit to him and his work ethic and his dedication to being a good player.


                        http://senators.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=22712

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                        • #13
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                          Awesome interview, thanks for posting! :)

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